Galapagos Islands

Things To Know About Flamingos

With their long legs, backward-bending knees, long curvy necks, and pink color, Flamingos capture the hearts of  its viewers. Even though they are a familiar sight, there are some interesting things about them that you may not know. This article will help you know better this elegant bird. 

Flamingo Means Fire 

The word “Flamingo” comes from the Spanish and Latin word “Flamenco” which means fire, and it refers to the bright pink or orange colour of the feathers. However,  not all flamingos are brightly colored, indeed, some of them are mostly gray or white. 

Flamingo Species

There are six Flamingo species. Greater Flamingo is found in Africa, India, the Middle East, and southern Europe. Lesser Flamingo is found in Africa, and India. Chilean Flamingo is a large specie of flamingo, and it’s native from South America specifically from Chile, Ecuador, Peru,  Argentina and Brazil, also, it has been introduced into Germany and the Netherlands. James’s Flamingo is a species that lives in the high altitudes of the Andes, as well as the Andean Flamingo. 

The American Flamingo also known as the Caribbean Flamingo is the only Flamingo species native to North America, but is rarely seen in the United States. It breeds in the Galápagos, north of Brazil, coastal Colombia, Venezuela and nearby islands.

How To See The Smallest One

The population in Galapagos are significantly smaller, and lay small eggs. Click here to learn more about Galapagos’ unique wildlife. The Galapagos Flamingo is monogamous, actually it tends to stay with the same mate for a lifetime. Larger colonies are visible in Floreana Island, Isabela Island, Santiago, Rabida Island and Santa Cruz.

If you want to see Flamingo babies, the best time to visit  Galapagos is in spring or summer. Even though Flamingo activity can be observed all year round, they breed from March to July. Learn the reasons to visit Galapagos Islands here. Start planning your vacation to the Galapagos Islands by making Ikala Galapagos Hotel your home base for an amazing, relaxing experience! Our  brand new hotel offer the ideal location to explore the Archipelago, along with useful amenities and comfortable accommodation. 

Their Color 

The pink, orange or red color of Flamingos is because their diet. Flamingo’s diet includes shrimp, plankton, algae and crustaceans skimmed. Their color pink is due to beta-carotenoid pigments in the crustaceans and plankton that they eat. Their feathers under wings are black. These feathers can be seeing while they’re flying.


Even though Flamingos are not endangered, they have some threats include predators, habitat loss and illegal poaching. The most threatened of all flamingo species the Andean flamingo. The future of Flamingos species will depend on what happens to their habitats and breeding grounds. Learn more about The conservation of the Galapagos Islands here