French: Flamant rose German: Rosaflamingo Spanish: Flamenco común
S & E Spain and S France S through N, W & E Africa to South Africa and Madagascar, and E to Kazakhstan and through Middle East to India and Sri Lanka.
120–145 cm; 2100–4100 g; wingspan 140–165 cm. This and the American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) are the largest flamingoes. Adult is much paler coloured than... read more
Commonest call (both perched and in flight) is a goose-like double honk “ka-hank” or “ka-rrak”,... read more
Saline lagoons and salt pans are typically used for feeding and nesting. It also inhabits large,... read more
Food and feeding
Relatively varied diet. Animal food consists of aquatic invertebrates, e.g. crustaceans (Artemia, Gammarus, copepods),... read more
The timing of breeding is variable in most of the tropics and subtropics. Environmental conditions, in particular water depths at the... read more
Partially migratory and highly dispersive. Northern populations may perform regular migrations but... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). The Greater Flamingo is regularly seen in coastal West Africa, from Mauritania to Sierra Leone, eastward throughout the Mediterranean... read more
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