Photography of Birds – Set # 77

Set # 77

American Flamingo

American Flamingo

American Flamingo

Courtship is most often seen among individuals that change partners often or are promiscuous. A spectrum of pairing relationships is seen. Some birds have a long-term partner throughout the year; others form pairs during periods of courtship and nest attendance. How long a relationship lasts is affected by many factors, including addition and removal of adults, maturation of juveniles, and occurrence of trios and quartets. In most pairs, both individuals usually construct and defend the nest site. In rare cases, one individual undertakes both duties. Within trios, the dominant pair begins the nesting process by choosing and then defending the site.

Chilean Flamingo

Chilean Flamingo

Chilean Flamingo

Males and females co-operate in building a pillar-shaped mud nest, and both incubate the egg laid by the female. Both parents also take turns incubating the egg. Upon hatching, the chicks have gray plumage; they do not gain the typical pink adult coloration for 2-3 years. Both male and female flamingos can produce a nutritious milk-like substance in their crop gland to feed their young.

Β© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

13 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 77

    • No, is not. It’s a liquid very much like milk with the same properties. Many birds have the same secretions from their crop gland. Thanks, Jane. πŸ™‚

    • You need to be patient, have a long zoom lens and to move very slow. These birds are extremely nervous. Thank you, D. πŸ™‚

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