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Sternum (Breast Bone) of the American Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber (MCZ 347572)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Phoenicopteriformes - Phoenicopteridae - Phoenicopterus - Phoenicopterus ruber
Species Description
The American Flamingo lives in the saline lagoons, mudflats, and shallow brackish coastal flats of the Galapagos Islands and coastal Colombia and Venezuela, and north to the Yucatan and northern Caribbean (sightings in Florida may be escapees, but could be legitimate wanderers from Cuba). It filters water through its beak to catch planktonic plants and animals, as well as mollusks and crustaceans. The Flamingo’s plumage ranges from pale pink to bright red, depending on location and diet; the color comes from chemicals (carotinoids) found in crustaceans. It is a very social bird, flocking in large numbers both during and outside the breeding season. In fact, the American Flamingo will not nest unless there are a number of other flamingos present.
Specimen Information
Species Phoenicopterus ruber (American Flamingo)
Element Sternum (Breast Bone)
Specimen Number MCZ 347572
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Roland Picza
Resolution 100 µm
Number of Data Points 481264
Number of Data Polygons 962753
Date Scanned July 22, 2008
Scan Technician Rachael Martinez
Edited By Rachael Martinez

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