Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo
Phoenicopterus ruber roseus


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Ciconiiformes
FAMILY
Phoenicopteridae

Range

Africa, southwest Europe, the Middle East, southwest Asia, India and Sri Lanka


Habitat

Near shallow water, either fresh or salty lakes or coastal lagoons and river estuaries


Diet

Shrimp, copepods, worms, small mollusks, and insect larvae

Weight

9 - 19 lbs.

Height

Up to 5 ft.

Wingspan

4 - 6 ft.

Incubation

About 30 days

Clutch

1 egg

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Flamingos are extremely gregarious and social birds with some flocks containing 250,000 birds.
  • They get their pink coloration from the foods they eat.
  • Holding its head upside-down in the water, the flamingo swings its head side to side. It pumps water through the strainer-like edges of its unique beak to trap microscopic algae and small animals.
  • The greater flamingo is the largest and most widespread of all flamingo species.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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