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Old Jan 15, 2005, 11:06 AM   #1
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I was wondering if any of our bird experts could help in identifying this exotic species.
These birds are not native to our area, but occasionally they congregate on lawns and on the roadside of our community.

A couple of summers ago, I counted at least 50 at a house down the street. They must have been quite the bird lovers there, as everyone got very excited. I guess they called all their friends, because by mid-afternoon a whole bunch of people showed up, shouting and honking their horns. Everyone made quite a fuss over the strange birds. Maybe these birds are deaf...

Anyway, it was quite a raucous evening and I suppose the birds were disturbed, as by morning there were only a few stragglers remaining. (birds and people) A few days later, they flocked to another house on the other side of town.

Any help in identifying them would be greatly appreciated.

Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
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Old Jan 15, 2005, 4:30 PM   #2
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Tom Overton wrote:

Any help in identifying them would be greatly appreciated.

Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
I think they are referred to as

The common "Gaudy Flamingus domesticus"
or maybe it's" Flamingus eyesaurus"
I can't remember which.

We get 'em here too.

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Old Jan 15, 2005, 4:47 PM   #3
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I've heard a little bit about these but I can't remember the technical name. I think "pink" something or other. In any event, they make great pets because they don't eat too much, are faithful and never leave their owners, never make any loud noises, are relatively adaptable to any habitat, and will never fly away or do a naughty on the lawn or inside the home. However, they are known to draw door to door salesmen from time to time.
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Old Jan 16, 2005, 6:45 AM   #4
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i have seen these guys in my area at times as well. They look like some sort
of water fowl, but I've never seen them near water. They also don't seem to
have a very large range as they always seem to congregate in the same spot
all the time. I never see them move either. Maybe it's an adaptation where
they figure if they don't move, they won't be detected, seeing how many
predetors key on movement rather than on the actual animal.
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Old Jan 16, 2005, 10:30 AM   #5
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Hmm, Tom, it seems you've been able to grab some shots of a rare bird for your region. These birds tend to be most commonly found in suburban settings in Florida and there also local pockets among the wannabe well-heeled neighborhoods on Long Island in NY.

I've heard that the red coloration is due to ingestion of too many handouts of food from humans that also contains red food dye #6 in great quantities.

Great capture. You ought to send this in to your local Rare Bird Alert hotline...
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