The Taxonomy of the American Flamingo

By: Kayla Andrews
1st Period

WHAT IS TAXONOMY

Taxonomy is a process of naming organisms and assigning them to groups.The 7 taxon levels are Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species. The larger groups is more general and the smaller groups are specific. You have to combine the genus and species names to give the organism its scientific name.

The Taxonomy of the American Flamingo

Kingdom:Animalia- The animals are multicellular and eukaryote.They can easily move around on their own and they mostly feed off other living things causing them to be heterotrophs.Animals don't usually eat the same thing so they are divided into groups, they are called herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and parasites.

Phylum:Chordate- Most chordate animals have a notochord which is a back string.Some have a post-anal tail in their lifetime.

Class:Aves- Birds that have feathers and lay eggs. They are in the tetrapod class because they have a good amount living.They are very communicational.

Order:Phoenicopteriformes- This was specially named for the flamingos and relatives.They are more aquatic and are surface swimming birds.

Family:Phoenicopteridae- In this family there are only flamingos.The Palaelodidae is suppose to be the ancestors of this birds.

Genus:Phoenicopterus- They are the wading birds for this genus.There are a total of 6 types of flamingos.

Species:P.ruber- They are also called Caribbean flamingos. They have long legs and curved long necks.Flamingos habitat is mainly lagoons, mudflats, and sometimes coastal lakes.




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Interesting Facts About American Flamingos

#1 Fact: The Flamingos take care of their baby for about 6 years until they are fully grown.

#2 Fact: They can live up to 20 to 30 years.

#3 Fact: They are omnivores that eat algae, larva, and small insects and fishes.

#4 Fact: The flamingos get their pinkish and reddish feathers from eating algae that contains pigments.

#5 Fact: The flamingos would not eat for a while when migrating to a new habitat and the babies may not eat for a certain time depending on how much food they have.

#6 Fact: They sleep and conserve body heat by standing on one leg.

#7 Fact: The Flamingos are not considered endangered.


Sources:

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Bradford, Alina. "Flamingo Facts: Food Turns Feather Pink." LiveScience. 14 Sept. 2014. Web. 16 Feb. 2015. <http://www.livescience.com/27322-flamingos.html>.

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