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Flamingos in water making a heart shape. Bonaire
Flamingos in water making a heart shape. Bonaire

Locally known as Chogogo, the Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is famous on Bonaire, and is celebrated as the island’s national bird.  The flamingo population depends on just four major breeding sites in the Caribbean: Great Inagua, Cuba, Yucatan and Bonaire. On Bonaire, the flamingos breed exclusively in the Pekelmeer flamingo sanctuary in the south of the island, typically from January to July. Up to 3,000 breeding pairs use the sanctuary every year; females lay a single white egg in a volcano-shaped nest built from mud.

Resource: DCNA