Flamingos @ the Oregon Zoo – Mike Polk

Michael Bert Polk Oregon Zoo 11

Portland, Or – Michael Polk – This weekend I visited the Oregon Zoo to view the newest addition: pink flamingos.  The flamingos, which arrived on March 23rd, came from the San Antonio Zoo and are the first to be exhibited at the Oregon Zoo in over 60 years.  They are located in the newly remodeled African Rainforest Aviary.

It has been some time since I have seen flamingos other than the Oregon lawn variety.  They are magnificent, beautiful creatures.  Interesting flamingo fact: the flamingo’s knees are actually hidden up in the feathers, and not visible.  The joint that appears to be a reverse knee is actually the bird’s ankle.

The species at the Oregon Zoo is the Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor).  A typical male stands approximately 3 feet tall and weighs 3-6 pounds with a 41 inch wing span.  All of the flamingos at the Oregon Zoo are male, but zoo officials plan to obtain female flamingos for a mating program.

All in all, it was a good Spring trip to the zoo.  The animals were out, the air was fresh and crisp, and good times were had by all.

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