Greater Flamingo

About the Greater Flamingo
Also known as: Eurasian Flamingo, European Flamingo

The Greater Flamingo is a large, graceful wading bird found in parts of Africa, Southern Europe, and South Asia. They are known for their striking pink plumage, long necks, and stilt-like legs. 

Greater Flamingos inhabit shallow coastal lagoons, salt pans, and estuaries. Their pink coloration comes from carotenoid pigments in their diet, which consists mainly of algae, crustaceans, and small invertebrates. They use their specialized, filter-feeding beaks to sift food from the water and mud.

These birds are highly social and form large colonies that can number in the thousands. Their synchronized group displays and courtship dances are fascinating to watch. During the breeding season, they build mud mound nests where females typically lay a single egg. Both parents share the responsibility of incubating the egg and feeding the chick.

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