American flamingos are iconic symbols in South Florida lifestyle. Vibrant, colorful and vocal, over 40 of these beautiful birds are waiting to greet visitors to Zoo Miami. They can be seen at our new state of the art entry plaza lounging around in their signature pose: standing on one of their skinny legs with their heads tucked into their bodies. Now while most of us would break a sweat holding this position for too long, flamingos can hold it for hours and they consider this being “at rest”. At Zoo Miami, keepers feed the flamingos twice a day with pellets that contain carotene. This is responsible for giving the birds their gorgeous color. In the wild, flamingos will lay about one egg in a muddy nest mound. These mounds are built together by both the mother and father. At Zoo Miami, keepers provide the flamingos with a special clay to help them build their nest mounds. Typically, flamingos are quite social birds, getting along well and interacting with each other. Some, however, will show more aggressive behavior, especially around mating season when the birds get more competitive. During this time, the birds are looking for the best mate, so they are likely to act tougher with each other. But, when a flamingo finds its perfect match, they will usually stick with that partner!