Order Phoenicopteriformes

Family Phoenicopteridae

Flamingos
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General
  • Large waterbirds with long neck and legs, and unique downcurved bill adapted to filter-feeding.
  • All regions except Australasian and Antarctic.
  • Shallow waterbodies, normally saline, brackish or alkaline; coastal or inland, from sea-level up to c. 5000 m.
  • 80-145 cm.
  • 3 genera, 6 species, 6 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. (2017). Flamingos (Phoenicopteridae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52208 on 23 March 2017).