The biology of an isolated population of American Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber in the Galapagos Islands

Tindle, Robert William, Tupiza, Arnaldo, Blomberg, Simon, & Tindle, Elizabeth (2014) The biology of an isolated population of American Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber in the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos Research, Journal of Science and Conservation in the Galapagos Islands, 68.

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Abstract

A genetically and morphologically divergent population of c.500 American Flamingos, isolated from the parental Caribbean stock of Phoenicopterus ruber, occurs in the Galapagos archipelago. Based primarily on data from a 3-year study, we provide the first description of the feeding and breeding biology of this population. Galapagos provides a suitable habitat comprising lagoons on a number of islands, among which the flamingos travel in response to food and nest site availability. The occurrence and qualnity of some food species was associated with the chlorosity of lagoon water, as was the distribution of flamingos. They bred opportunistically at five lagoons on four islands, sometimes simultaneously on more than one island. Group display usually involved approx 20 birds and colonies contained as few as three nests. Laying occurred during nine months of the year... We review potential dangers to this unique population and suggest conservation measures.

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ID Code: 79614
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; Pacific Division) Symposium: ‘Galapagos Science, Conservation and History’. San Francisco State University (USA), June 15-17, 2015.
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Keywords: Galapagos islands, American Flamingo, Conservation
ISSN: 1390-2830
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > ECOLOGY (060200) > Population Ecology (060207)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Funding:
  • WORLD WILDLIFE FUND/unknown
  • BIRD PRESERVATION SO/unknown
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Authors
Copyright Statement: Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License
Deposited On: 22 Dec 2014 05:58
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2015 04:00

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