Greater Flamingo

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Name: Greater Flamingo

Class: Bird

Origin: Africa, Southern Europe, The Middle East & The Indian Subcontinent

Habitat: Large Alkaline & Saline Lakes

Size: 1.1m-1.5m & 2kg-4kg

Speed: 37mph

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

Fascinating Facts
  • 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.

 

Photo Credit: Yathin S Krishnappa