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About the Greater Flamingo

The Greater Flamingo is the most widespread of all flamingos. It can be found in Africa, southern Asia and southern Europe. The oldest known Greater Flamingo in Adelaide Zoo in Australia is thought to be at least 75 years old.

These large pink birds live and feed in large groups called flocks or colonies. This protects individual birds from predators while their heads are in the mud as they search for food. The shrimplike crustaceans that they eat are responsible for their pink plumage. Birds in captibity get paler unless they get sumplement food.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 07 December 2008
Scientific Name Phoenicopterus roseus
  • Phoenicopteriformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Phoenicopterus
  • P. roseus
Birdorable Family Egrets & Other Waders
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
43 to 60 inches
Range South Europe West Asia Central Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa

International Names

  • Plameňák Růžový (Czech)
  • Stor Flamingo (Danish)
  • Gewone Flamingo (Dutch)
  • Flamingo (Finnish)
  • Flamant Rose (French)
  • Rosaflamingo (German)
  • Fenicottero Maggiore (Italian)
  • ベニイロフラミンゴ (Beniiro-furamingo) (Japanese)
  • 홍학 (Honghak) (Korean)
  • Stor Flamingo (Norwegian)
  • Flaming Różowy (Polish)
  • Фламинго обыкновенный (Russian)
  • Flamenco Común (Spanish)
  • Större Flamingo (Swedish)

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