While flamingos are not common in Texas, one Greater Flamingo and one American Flamingo have been documented on occasion from Tampico to Louisiana since 2005. Flamingos are large wading birds, the size of the Great Blue Heron, with long bent bills used to strain food from shallow lakes and lagoons. The American Flamingo was hatched at Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in Northern Yucatan and has a yellow band on its right leg inscribed - HDNT. This bird is bright coral pink. The Greater Flamingo is an old world species which escaped from a zoo in Kansas. Please report sightings at [email protected] or by telephone 361-980-8865.