Nikon D300 ~ 80-400mm Nikkor Lens
f 5.6 ~ 1/1600s ~ ISO 640
Taken at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington (US)
I didn’t realize flamingo’s could get cranky, but this fellow certainly seemed to be. Obviously I was bothering him!!
Per the Woodland Park Zoo Website
Flamingos belong to one of the oldest bird families dating back 30 million years in their present day forms. There is continued controversy over their classification, but many researchers list flamingos in their own order, Phoenicopteriformes and in the family Phoenicopteridae. There are six species of flamingos: Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis), Lesser flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor), Andean flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus) and the Puna or James’ flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi).
Other researchers include flamingos in one of many different orders, based on anatomical or behavioral comparisons, fossil evidence or DNA. For example, some consider flamingos related to the storks and herons of the order Ciconiiformes, while some name them as a family related to waders and stilts within the order Charadriiformes. Others claim flamingos are related to the stork, ibis, pelican and New World vulture, while others group them with the family of geese in the order Anseriformes.
Flamingos have widespread ranges within South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and parts of southern Europe and southern Asia. Chilean flamingos, along with the Andean and James’ or Puna flamingos, have an extensive range throughout much of southern South America in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
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