Enzymes, called carotenoids, give flamingos their pink color. This color comes from the food that they consume. At Riverbanks, the flamingos are fed a specific formulated pellet that provides these pigments to turn our birds a healthy, vibrant pink.
- American flamingos are opportunistic and consume blue-green algae, brine shrimp, insect larvae, and other small aquatic invertebrates.
- Mudflats, salty shallow lakes, and lagoons through the Caribbean Sea, northern coasts of South America and the Galapagos Islands.
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Human development such as mining, road construction and pollution have disrupted many flamingo habitats.