Our Feathered Friends: Flamingos nesting in Mexico.


Flamingos and their babies in Mexico: Pink flamingo chicks are downy white when they hatch. They feed on crab and shrimp larvae as they grow, and the accumulated carotene from the crustaceans give their plumage its characteristic pink-orange color, which intensifies as they mature. According to the Nature Conservancy, nearly ninety percent of all the world’s pink flamingos migrate to two breeding and nesting grounds: Celestún and and Ría Lagartos, at opposite ends of Mexico’s unspoiled northern coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. As North America’s only mainland breeding and feeding areas, these sites were given biosphere status, the highest level of protection in Mexico, in 1979.

Pink Flamingos nesting in Mexico.