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FLAMINGOS

FLAMINGOS

Phoenicopterus

Extremely sociable and nomadic, flamingos live together in large flocks numbering in the hundreds. The large groups serve as protection, as individual birds are shielded from predators while their heads are buried in the mud, searching for food. They are able to swim, but prefer mudflats where they breed and feed. They will spend their days in the water and when migrating, will do so at night.

Known as wading birds, flamingos have long, curved necks and down-turned bills adapted for specialised feeding, which includes plankton, brine shrimps, tiny fish and fly larvae. A thick, fleshy tongue works as a plunger to suck food and water into their mouths and then presses the water back out. The shrimp-like crustaceans give the flamingos their pink colour, which will fade in captivity unless they are fed a supplement diet. Young flamingos are born gray and white and only turn pink after two years. When breeding a pair will take turns incubating their egg and the conditions must be absolutely perfect, involving factors such as high rainfall. With yellow eyes, red legs and pink feathers it is certainly a captivating bird, which will put on quite a show by primping, preening and making a good deal of noise. Flamingos have been spotted making a stop at Inverdoorn during their migration.

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Reservations & Info

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

 

PO BOX 304 SEA POINT 8060
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

Tel:  +27 (0)214 344 639
Fax: +27 (0)214 331 157

Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

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Fauna and Flora

Mammals, birds, insects and an abundance of plant life can be found at Inverdoorn from giant elephants and fat hippos to floating butterflies and a colourful array of flowers in the spring. The Karoo is a biodiversity hotspot and forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Thousands of Animals

Whether you are searching for the celebrated Big 5 or are an avid bird-watcher, your trip to Inverdoorn will not leave you disappointed. White rhinos graze with African buffaloes, whilst wildebeest frolic in the background. Giraffes are gentle and magnificent giants who will even allow guests to walk among them. South Africa Shellducks and Egyptian Geese splash together through the water and flamingos have been spotted at Inverdoorn during their migration.

Contact Infos

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

PO BOX 304 SEA POINT 8060
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

Tel:  +27 (0)214 344 639
Fax: +27 (0)214 331 157

Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

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