The history

Most important characteristics of the species:
Palmípeda bird because its legs have membranes between the fingers to remove the bottom of the wetlands where they live and get their food. Her pink color receives it from the food she eats. Its long neck fully identifies this species.

Its distribution in Mexico is limited to the northern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is native to America, southern Europe, Africa and Asia. In America, its distribution includes, in addition to the Yucatan Peninsula, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, the Caribbean coast in Colombia and Venezuela and in the Galapagos Islands. The populations of these birds are increasing in the Caribbean area.

Description of their habitat:
Inhabits the sea coasts, estuaries, wetlands and brackish water lakes. Normally it stays at sea level. It forms flocks that become formed by several tens to several thousand of them.

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Local name

Seasonality in the Yucatan Peninsula

Risk status

- Its main food is invertebrates (Artemia)
- Its habitat is wetlands
- Its pink color varies depending on the area where you live and the amount of crustaceans with caritenoid contents that you consume