How to Keep Flamingoes in Captivity-Complete Guideline


Pink flamingoes are adorable bird draw attention through brighter color vary from light pink to dark red. Most people show great  interest in keeping pink flamingoes but they look bit confused either these birds make good pet or not. Pink flamingoes are playful pet. You feel good to look them for loge time. Here we bring special guideline to breed flamingoes in captivity.


Four species of flamingoes originated in America while other two species belongs to old world.

Life span:

Flamingo has amazing life span as they can stay alive up to 60 years. If you keep them in good captivity they may cross 80s.



Flamingos are playful pink bird find in light pink to brighter hues.  It color play important role to aqueous bacteria. Flamingos are long legged birded divided in four spices in America such as Chilean, James’s. Andean and American flamingoes found at high Andes in Peru, Argentina, Chile and Argentina. While Old world species, greater and lesser flamingos, geographically located in Africa, Europe, SW Asia and NW India. Mostly flamingos seem on one leg.  What the real fact behind is until become a mystery. Most researchers said they stand on leg while hide other beneath their body is to heat controlling solution. In this way they maintain their body temperature because they spend more time in cold water. Wide spread wings allow bigger flying during migration season.



Flamingos are social birds live in colonies due to their wild habitation. They make larger colonies numbered in thousands. Maximum food intakes, strategies of escaping from predators and scarce of nesting space are bigger reason of such groping. If you are interested to bred flamingos then bring more flamingos at same time.  These brides also have pair bounding characteristic but something they change their mate especially when they have more choices.  You can bring other Aquatic bird in same enclosure to breed them together because flamingos are peaceful and flightless breed. They happily like of ducks and geese,



Keeping Flamingos in captivity is not an easier task. It needs more budget and attention. Most state bane on Flamingos. Prior buying flamingo first check either its legal or not to keep flamingos as pet.  Get a license or permission letter form local authority.

Living condition:


If you are interested in breeding flamingos first make sure you can cover all possible living conditions such as accommodation, temperature, natural habitat and food.  You have to need extra space as flamingos desired to live in flocks. Space must be wide and larger enough as they easily engage in ritual display and breeding activities.  Flamingoes need proper nesting in secure spaces before breeding. Almost 1.4-1.5 square feet space is required for individual flamingo for nesting and sunning purposes.

Water it most common element of flamingo habitation. So make larger pool or arrange an artificial lake for them.  They are not for indoor living in milder climate regions but it necessary to bring inside the home during winter season if you belongs to European countries. Countryside areas or larger backyard are suitable locations. Minimum 10 flamingos must be kept in captivity. You may increase the number in relation to the space availability. Arrange for Larger enclosure which are secure and stronger keep you’re pet away from the predators.  Provide half land and half water habitat with lots of mud. Grow plants and create places for their nesting.


Flamingoes have amazing beaks filtered water and food nicely, their beaks separates mud and bacteria from the food. This process easily accomplish due to hairy structure ‘lamellae’ and rough surface tongue. They can also save water and food in their bill which allow them to stay for long time within their enclosures. Balance nutrition keeps them healthier and happy.

Health and care:

flamingoes are generally healthier breed so don’t be obsessed about h health’ give proper vaccination if you feel necessary, during moulting season when they drop  old feather and got new ones  they have to need proper ret. So provide enough food to restrict them any flying attempts.  Choose roof concealed enclosure that also prevents them to escape.

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