English and Scientific names:

American Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber

Number of individuals: 

1 (plus one escaped Greater Flamingo)

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Cameron Parish

Specific Locality:

Grand Chnier

Date(s) when observed:


Time(s) of day when observed:  


Reporting observer and address:

Paul Conover

Lafayette, LA

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Julien Conover, Donna Dittmann, Steve Cardiff

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Many others.

Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Sunny, hot light.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10s, Nikon Fieldscope, Sony camcorder with 60 x optical zoom

Distance to bird(s): 

Probably 100+ yards at minimum

Duration of observation:

1 hour


Inland marsh, not sure of salinity.

Behavior of bird: 

Resting behind/on levee, preening, feeding in water.


Initially, this bird was absent/not visible. After a few hours of waiting and driving the area, we returned and it was visible in the distance.


My description isnít all that important given the thorough photo/video documentation of this bird by numerous observer. I will say that the color was startling, unlike what Iíd expected.


Not heard.

Similar species:

Similar species eliminated by the presence of a band placed on this bird in the Yucatan.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Poor quality, not attached.

Previous experience with this species: 

Life bird in the wild.

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 




Paul Conover

Date and time: 

June 9, 2009

4:13 PM