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Greater Flamingo

(Phoenicopterus roseus)
German name(s): "Rosaflamingo"
Size: 1.1-1.5 m; wing span 1.4-1.7 m
Weight: 2-4 kg

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Greater Flamingo at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Lateral view of an adult Greater Flamingo (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Greater Flamingos in shallow water (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Greater Flamingos filter-feeding in a lagoon (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Overview of a lagoon with Greater Flamingos and other aquatic species (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

All three phases of the plumage of Greater Flamingos in one photo: first-year immature, second from the right, adult, second from the left, and 1+ year old immature, far left; Pied Avocet in the foreground (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Frontal view of a first-year immature Greater Flamingo; Pied Avocet in the foreground (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

First-year immature Greater Flamingo, front left, filter-feeding in a lagoon, with an adult on the right and a 1+ year old in the background (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Food, Diet

Greater Flamingos use their bills turned upside down to filter shrimp, seeds, blue-green algae, microscopic organisms and mollusks out of shallow brackish water that they disturb with their feet.

Lateral view of two adult Greater Flamingos filter-feeding in a lagoon; the lower mandible is fixed, while the upper mandible is moved up and down (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

grtflam_dw_20170315.mp3 (Canary Islands) Contact calls(?) © DW

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