Name: Greater Flamingo
Origin: Africa, Southern Europe, The Middle East & The Indian Subcontinent
Habitat: Large Alkaline & Saline Lakes
Size: 1.1m-1.5m & 2kg-4kg
Diet: Insects, Aquatic Invertebrates & Small Fish
Predators: Wild Dogs, Crocodiles, Humans & Other Birds
Attack/Defense: Flamingos feed by first stirring up mud with their feet. They then scoop up a beak full of muddy water and strain it by tipping there head upside down leaving behind the animals they wish to eat.
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Life Expectancy: 40 years
- There pink colour comes from the beta-carotene in the crustaceans and plankton they eat.
- The feathers underneath their wings are black but you can only see them when they are flying.
- Flamingo chicks are born with grey feathers and straight beeks, there feathers start to turn pink after a year or two and there beeks start to curve as they mature.