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FLAMINGOS NEAR KEY WEST

FLAMINGOS NEAR KEY WEST

A pair of flamingos are seen Tuesday, March 1, 2011, in the Lakes, west of Key West. Despite the constant use of their image across South Florida, sightings of the wading birds, particularly in the Florida Keys, is rare. A flock of 40-50 flamingos living in the Everglades went missing after Hurricane Wilma in 2005, though a few stragglers, more than likely visiting from Mexico, are occasionally seen near Snake Bight Trail in the Everglades. Both flamingos and roseate spoonbills get their bright pink color from eating foods rich in caretenoids blue-green algae, shrimp and other crustaceans, and do so holding their breath with their heads upside down underwater. (AP PHOTO BY ROB O'NEAL/KEY WEST CITIZEN)