Greater Flamingo

About the Greater Flamingo

Also known as: Eurasian Flamingo, European 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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 07 December 2008
Scientific Name
Phoenicopterus roseus
  • Phoenicopteriformes
  • Ciconiidae
  • Phoenicopterus
  • P. roseus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 27 November 2018)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
43 to 59 inches
55 to 65 inches
74 to 145 ounces


International Names

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