The flamingo is the national symbol of Bonaire. This iconic species is also an important attractor for tourists to come to the island. Bonaire is one of the main breeding locations of the Caribbean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber). The annual average number of flamingos is an indicator for the health of salt lakes and wetlands. Therefore every month the number of flamingos is counted on several key locations of the island. These counts started in 1981 and are still being done every month.
Bonaire has a relatively small, but regionally important population of these migratory birds. Since the early 1980s the population has been stable.
Data provided by: Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire
Data analysis by: Wageningen University and Research in collaboration with Statistics Netherlands.