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SIR RICHARD BRANSON'S BRILLIANT BIRDS

FLAMINGOS OF NECKER ISLAND

FLAMINGOS OF NECKER ISLAND

MICHAELINE MOLONEY

Flamingos of Necker Island: Sir Richard Branson’s Brilliant Birds is loaded with illustrative photos to walk you through the fascinating personal and communal life of the Caribbean Flamingo on a most extraordinary island.

 

Necker Island is a special place; a British Virgin Islands home to Sir Richard Branson and his family, a high-end resort, and a wildlife refuge for waterbirds and the threatened species. The Caribbean Sea laps Necker’s southern shores; the Atlantic Ocean touches north and east. Weather is subtropical with average summer temperatures of 79-88° F dipping in winter to 72-82° F. With humidity tempered by near-constant trade winds, it’s a perfect clime for the Caribbean Flamingo.

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Flamingos of Necker Island: Sir Richard Branson’s Brilliant Birds examines flamingo behavior, language, personality and decision-making among family, friends, and community from egg to adulthood, and courting to chick rearing that one precious egg a mating pair might produce in a favorable year. Why is a colony called a flamboyance, or a regiment? How do males and females treat one another? How do they raise their young? Is a Caribbean Flamingo always pink? What’s for dinner? Do they play? How do they express their feelings and communicate with each other and the world around them? Each chapter is a picture-filled demonstration of life in the cohesive flamingo colony that wisely chooses to make Necker Island their home.