Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida, recently welcomed a colourful new group of guests to the park – eight Caribbean flamingos. Comprised of four males and four females, the group of flamingos (known as a flamboyance) arrived in late June after making the short trip from neighboring SeaWorld Orlando. The flamingos have settled in and are enjoying an expansive new habitat designed by a team of Discovery Cove animal experts and veterinarians. Visitors to Discovery Cove have an opportunity to watch the flamingos every morning as they take a leisurely stroll among guests along the park’s lush pathways and white, sandy beaches.
“We’re delighted to welcome this beautiful flamboyance of flamingos to Discovery Cove and give our guests a wonderful opportunity to observe these amazing animals,” said Kyle Miller, Park President. “To celebrate their arrival, we’re encouraging travelers to take advantage of great end-of-summer savings at Discovery Cove and welcome the flamingos in person.”
The only flamingo to naturally inhabit North America, adult Caribbean flamingos stand between 4 and 4 ½ feet (1.2 to 1.4 m) tall, weigh between 5 and 6 pounds (2.3 and 2.7 kg) and can have a wingspan of nearly 5 feet (1.5 m). Sporting the brightest plumage of all flamingo species, they are deep pink, red or orange in color. As young birds, they are grey in color and their plumage slowly turns pink as they mature. They have long, pink legs with slightly darker pink knees and a large, pink, downward-curving bill that is black at its tip. Caribbean Flamingos have a loud, deep honking call like that of geese, making it easy for guests to hear them coming during their daily parade.