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Greater Flamingo

(Phoenicopterus roseus)
Size: 1.1-1.5 m; wing span 1.4-1.7 m
Weight: 2-4 kg

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Greater Flamingo at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sex unknown

Greater Flamingos in shallow water on the edge of a lake (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)

Part of a flock of Greater Flamingos during take-off (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)

Flock of Greater Flamingos in captivity (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)


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.m4a (Canary Islands) Contact calls(?) © DW

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