Greater Flamingo

AnimalGreater Flamingo
Scientific NamePhoenicopterus roseus
TypeBirds
DietOmnivore
Lifespan30 – 40 years
Size91cm – 127cm
Weight3.9kg
PhylumChordata
Conservation statusLeast concern > Near threatened >
Vulnerable > Endangered >
Critically endangered > Extinct in the wild >
Extinct
Information

The greater flamingo is the most common species of flamingos and they live in flocks of around twenty-thousand other birds. When a flamingo has its head buried in the mud, others watch for predators.

Habitat & Diet

Greater flamingos are distributed in parts of Europe, South and Central America, Africa, and Asia. They can be found in both saltwater and freshwater.

Their diet consists of vegetations, worms, algae, and insects and they have bent beaks that allow them to scoop up the food. The reason for their pink color is because of the crustaceans that they eat.

Breeding & Reproduction

This species of flamingo’s mating behavior is monogamous, meaning they only mate with a single partner at a time. After they finish mating, a single egg is laid, and the male and female take shifts incubating it. The egg hatches in approximately one month.

Chicks aren’t born pink. They only become pink once two to three years pass.

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