- Phoenicopterus roseus
Length 120-145cm (47¼-57 in)
Wing span 140-170cm
- White, tinged pink
- Red wing coverts
- Black flight feathers
- Decurved bill with black tip, red-orange in middle and pale yellow near eye in nominate, dark pink in roseus
- Legs pink and extremely long
Grey-brown with whitish underparts
Salt pans and large bodies of shallow water, inland and coastal; saline and brackish waters preferred.
Breed in large colonies in nests that consists of mud compacted into a mound on top of which the nest of mud and twigs is situated, this is built by both sexes. 1 white egg is laid, and incubated by both parents for 27-31 days.
The diet includes small crustaceans, molluscs, and insects.
Loud cackles (reminiscent of Greylag Goose)
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
- Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Greater Flamingo. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 July 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Greater_Flamingo