A fabulous and flamboyant collection of vintage flamingo art prints. Every year I visit my parents in Southern Portugal and my father takes his grandsons on a bird safari. My father is a well-known ornithologist and bird book author. He knows all the best places locally to spot the flocks of wild flamingos.
Not surprisingly flamingos aren’t hard to spot. There lovely pink colour is a bit of a giveaway, also they tend to gather in large flocks. The flamingos in Portugal are normally found in the saltpans (Salinas) and lagoons of the Ria Formosa Natural Park in the Algarve.
In fact, the name Flamingo comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word “flemengo” which translates as flame-coloured. Flamingos are not born with pink feathers. They acquire their famous pink colouring from the food they eat. Mainly, their diet of shrimp and blue-green algae.
As well as Southern Europe, Flamingos are also found in the Americas, Africa and Asia.
Flamingos are not just renowned for their fabulous pink coloring they are also renowned for standing on one leg. The other leg is usually tucked under their bodies. Why they do this, ornithologists don’t really know why.
Vintage Flamingo Paintings To Print
The flamingos gorgeous colouring and large majestic appearance may explain why they have been such a popular trend in interiors over the last few years. I hope you enjoy these stunning flamingo art prints, feel free to download them for your own interiors or crafts.
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The Fabulous Flamingo Art Prints
This has to be one of the most popular flamingo art prints, it’s been featured on many interior walls. I even have had some paper napkins with this flamingo painting printed on them.
The painting is by John James Audubon and features in his book of gorgeous bird illustrations “The Birds of America”. This seminal natural history book was printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 life-size watercolors of North American birds.
The American Flamingo is the only species of flamingo found in North America. As well as Southern Florida, the bird is found in South and Central America and the Caribbean and as far south as the Galapagos Islands.
The lesser flamingo lives up to its name, as it’s the smallest of all the flamingo species. However, this flamingo is still a tall bird relative to other bird species. The Lesser Flamingo is probably one of the most common species of flamingo and can be found in sub-Saharan Africa and India.
This painting is from the French Ornothological book “Nouveau recueil de planches coloriées d’oiseaux” (New collection of colored boards of birds) published in 1838.
A vintage flamingo art print from the collection of the Zoological Society London and it was painted in 1886 by John Gerrard Keulemans.
James’s flamingos are very much a South American flamingo. The bird’s habitat is the Andean plateaus of Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. It is named after the British naturalist Harry Berkley James. This is an endangered species of flamingo and was thought to have been extinct until a remote population was discovered in 1956.
The Chilean flamingo is similar in size closely related to the American and Greater flamingos. It is found mainly in South America.
This flamingo art print is from “The genera of birds: comprising their generic characters, a notice of the habits of each genus, and an extensive list of species referred to their several genera, v. 3” published in 1849 by George Robert Gray.
The Greater Flamingo is the largest of all the flamingo species hence its name. This is the most common species of flamingos and the ones that I spot on the salt-pans of the Portuguese Algarve.
A lovely vintage painting of the Greater Flamingo in flight, from “Ornithologia neerlandica. De vogels van Nederland” printed in 1922.
There is a wonderful image of a greater flamingo on the tropical bird cigarette card illustrations on Pictureboxblue.
Another fabulous flamingo painting this one of greater flamingos feeding. ”
Using its feet, the bird stirs up the mud, then sucks water through its bill and filters out small shrimp, seeds, blue-green algae, microscopic organisms, and mollusks .”
This print is from “Coloured figures of the birds of the British Islands, v. 7” by J.G. Keulemans.
This fabulous vintage flamingo painting is from 1792.
A pair of American flamingos from “The Birds of North America” (1903) by Chapman and Bell. Both the male and female flamingo mating pair build a nest together, and both take turns to sit on the egg while it incubates for about a month.
A brightly coloured American Flamingo from “The General History of Birds” (1821), by John Latham.
A beautiful piece of flamingo artwork. Showing a pair of flamingos feeding at night with a full moon. The birds almost look like they are on another planet.
The flamingo art print is from the book “Adventures with animals and plants” (1948) by Elsbeth Kroeber.
There are several collective nouns for a flock of flamingos. They are called names such as a stand, colony, regiment, or flamboyance. Flamboyance is my favourite term. I think it describes a flock of flamingos so aptly. Both flamingo and flamboyance come from words referring to fire. Flamingo comes from the Spanish and Portuguese flamengo, meaning, “flame-colored.” Flamboyance comes from French, meaning “to flame” or “flair.”
This flamingo painting is from “The Avicultural magazine” 1913.
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