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2010-10-25 10:50:00

Flamingos apply natural make-up to their feathers to stand out and attract mates, according to a new study by Juan Amat, from the Estaci³n Biol³gica de Doňana in Seville, Spain, and colleagues. Their research is the first to demonstrate that birds transfer the color pigments (carotenoids) from the secretions of their uropygial gland for cosmetic reasons. The uropygial or preen gland is found in the majority of birds and is situated near the base of the tail....

2008-11-19 21:21:50

Officials with a Des Moines, Iowa, zoo say a Chilean flamingo that escaped from its enclosure was found six hours later on a golf course. Blank Park Zoo officials said the flamingo's escape Tuesday was only the second time one of the colorful birds had gotten away in the 40-year history of the zoo, and both times the birds were found at the nearby A.H. Blank Golf Course, The Des Moines Register reported Wednesday. The officials said they were notified about 9 a.m. Tuesday that one of its 31...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Michael McCarthy Environment Editor In one of the world's great wildlife spectacles, tens of thousands of lesser flamingos gather at a South African wetland - but it is a spectacle now gravely threatened by pollution. Kamfers Dam, near Kimberley, is the only nesting site in the country - and one of only six breeding areas in the world. It has hosted more than 50,000 flamingos, and this year 9,000 chicks hatched on the dam's artificial flamingo island. But conservationists believe...

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2008-03-11 14:55:00

A University of Leicester ecologist is setting out to discover why flamingos are so in the pink of health - in the poo!Dr David Harper, of the Department of Biology at the University of Leicester, has been studying lesser flamingos for nine years. His research has been carried out in the lakes of East Africa but new investigations he has carried out for the first time in India have- by his own admission "“ given him "Ëœrather a shock.'He said: "Lesser flamingos are graceful,...


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2006-02-20 14:16:20

The Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is a large species of flamingo closely related to the Greater Flamingo and the Chilean Flamingo. It breeds in the Galapagos Islands, coastal Colombia and Venezuela as well as nearby islands, the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, and in the northern Caribbean in the Bahamas, Hispaniola, Cuba and Turks and Caicos. Most sightings in southern Florida are of escapes, although some may be genuine wanderers from Cuba. Their habitat is similar to that of...

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2006-02-20 14:10:33

The Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) is a large species (110-130 cm) that is closely related to Caribbean Flamingo and the Greater Flamingo. It occurs in temperate South America and, like all other flamingo species it lays a single chalky white egg on a mud mound. The plumage is pinker than the slightly larger Greater Flamingo, but less so than Caribbean Flamingo. It can be differentiated from these species by its grayish legs with pink "knees", and also by the larger amount...

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2006-02-20 14:08:22

The Andean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus andinus) is a Flamingo which is restricted to the Chilean Andes. It is closely related to James's Flamingo. Like all flamingos it lays a single chalky white egg on a mud mound. Its population in Northern Chile was badly hit by drought, which cause the breeding lagoon areas to dry up, either preventing nest building, or allowing predation especially from the Culpeo Fox (Pseudalopex culpaeus). Andean Flamingos, like all the flamingos, feed by filtering...

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2006-02-20 14:02:39

The James's Flamingo (Phoenicopterus jamesi), also known as the Puna Flamingo, is a South American flamingo which breeds on the high Andean plateaus of Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. It is related to the Chilean Flamingo and the Andean Flamingo. This small and delicate flamingo measures approximately 3 feet in height and its plumage is pale pink, with bright carmine streaks around the neck and on the back. When perched, a small amount of black can also be seen in the wings. There is...

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2006-02-20 13:55:20

The Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor) is a species of Flamingo which occurs in Africa (principally in the Great Rift Valley), across to northwest India. It is the smallest and most numerous flamingo, most likely numbering up to a million individual birds. Like all flamingos it lays a single chalky white egg on a mud mound. Most of the plumage is pinkish white. Its clearest difference from the Greater Flamingo is the much more extensive black on the bill. Size is less helpful unless...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
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  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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