English and Scientific names:

American Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber

Number of individuals: 

One adult in the company of a Greater Flamingo.

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

Grand Chenier--5.3 miles east of the Hwy. 82 bridge over the Mermentau River

Date(s) when observed:

2&3 May, 2009

Time(s) of day when observed:  

8:40-9:00 a.m. on 2 May; time not noted for 3 May.

Reporting observer and address:

Phillip Wallace

New Orleans, LA

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

Curt Sorrells, Mike Musemeche, Kevin Leigh

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Devin Bosler, Paul Conover, et al.

A flamingo species was first reported by Cindy Sellers (to Dave Patton) as having been seen by a nearby, non-birder resident on April 30.

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

Good light; overcast with sun to ENE of observers looking S.

Optical equipment: 

Kowa 20-60x scope

Distance to bird(s): 

~150 m

Duration of observation:

10 minutes


Brackish marsh; open mud flats with shallow water.

Behavior of bird: 

Feeding and resting. Loosely associated with Greater Canada Geese and Greater Flamingo.


Tall, pinkish-orange wading bird with extremely long, dull gray legs. Extremely long neck, usually curved. Neck, tail, and undertail more brightly colored than back, folded wings, and belly. Distinctive flamingo bill, pale with black tip.

Yellow leg-band with letters HDNT.

Paler Greater Flamingo had leg-band 49z.



Similar species:

Clearly a flamingo. Other species of flamingo are paler pink with different color patterns on the bill. This individual was banded as a juvenile in the Yucatan in the summer of 2005 and has been seen intermittently in Texas and once before in Louisiana, often in the company of the escaped Greater Flamingo.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Videotape submitted to LBRC. Stills from video accompany this report.

Previous experience with this species: 


Identification aids:

Sibley used to compare with other species of flamingo after observation.

This description is written from: 

Notes made immediately after the observation and video of the bird.

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




Phillip Wallace

Date and time: 

17 June, 2009