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Gamey & Unexpected: What Does Flamingo Taste Like?

Flamingos are one of the most recognizable animals on earth. They are aquatic wading birds and they live in Africa and South America.

They’re pink, they have a long neck, and for some reason, they like to stand around in mud pits all day long. Some people think that flamingos taste great because they are so exotic-looking.

Many people are wondering what flamingo tastes like. It’s a tough question with many different answers, and it may take some time to find out for sure.

What is a Flamingo?

what is a flamingo

Flamingos are a type of wading bird in the genus Phoenicopterus and family Phoenicopteridae. The word “flamingo” comes from the Spanish word “flamenco”, which means “flame-colored” or “red.”

They have distinctive pink feathers, long thin legs, and webbed feet. The most distinctive feature of flamingos is their oddly shaped beaks.

They are long, red, or pink and come to a point at the tip with two “tubes” on either side for filter-feeding from shallow water where they look like giant sponges in disguise.

It’s also important that you know how big these birds can get – up 12 pounds (over five kilograms) as adults.

The flamingo’s distinctive appearance has made it an iconic symbol of Caribbean culture and tropical wildlife. The flamingo is the national bird of Argentina and Chile.

There are six different species of flamingo in total: Chilean, Caribbean, Andean, James’s Flamingo (the largest), Lesser Antillean, and American. Each species is found in a specific geographical location.

Is it Legal to Eat Flamingo?

is it legal to eat flamingo

First, flamingos are a protected species. In the US, they are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It is illegal to import a flamingo into the United States with the intent to sell it as food.

However, no federal laws are prohibiting the possession of a live flamingo as a pet. In some countries, capturing flamingo eggs is a punishable offense.

Flamingos are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES prohibits trade in species that have been listed as threatened with extinction, or whose survival is unlikely without trade controls.

A large number of countries around the world have signed onto CITES, which makes it illegal for people to eat flamingo meat.

What Does Flamingo Taste Like? Does Flamingo Taste Good?

what does flamingo taste like

Let’s start with their distinctive appearance. Flamingos are pink because they eat shrimp and crustaceans which contain pigments that change their feathers.

There is no definitive answer on what flamingo tastes like because it’s not a food item. The meat is dark red or pinkish-gray when cooked. Their meat is considered to be a delicacy in some cultures.

Some people describe the taste as gamey, like venison. It can also be served with a sauce to cover the gamier flavor and taste more sweet or salty. The taste of flamingo is quite similar to duck or goose, but it has a light salty flavor.


In conclusion, the flamingo is considered to be a delicacy in some cultures because of its unique taste. So now you know not to eat flamingo on your next vacation.

If you want more facts about what is edible and non-edible, go back through the list of species that we talked about in this blog post, or check out my other posts.

what does flamingo taste like

What Does Flamingo Taste Like? Does Flamingo Taste Good?

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Food Taste
Servings 1 Serving


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