GREATER FLAMINGO
(Phoenicopterus Roseus)
Goldeneye                  Greater Scaup


Flamingo Lagoon - Slimbridge
The Greater Flamingo is found in the Flamingo Lagoon, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Breeding Habitat
Africa, coastal Pakistan and India, Cyprus, Israel, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Italy and South France.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
The northernmost colonies of greater flamingos in Asia migrate south to the warmer coastal areas of Iran and India.

Conservation Status


Size
1100mm to 1500mm (43" to 59")

Appearance - Drake
The males plumage is Pinkish White with Red wing coverts, Black primary and secondary feathers. The bill is Pink with a Black tip and the eyes are light Yellow. The legs and feet are Pink.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the male but slightly smaller.

Habitat
Wetlands, Saline Lakes, Lagoons, Mudflats and Estuaries.

Diet
Algae, Diatoms, Crustaceans, Shrimp and Insects.

Breeding Time
April to August.

Nest
The Greater Flamingo lays a single egg on a mud mound.

Eggs
Quantity: 1.
Colour: Chalky White.

Slimbridge Wildfowl G - L
Gadwall (Anas Strepera)
Garganey (Anas Querquedula)
Goldeneye (Bucephala Clangula)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Roseus)
Greater Scaup (Aythya Marila)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons)
Grey-crowned Crane (Balearica Regulorum)
Greylag Goose (Anser Anser)
Hardhead (Aythya Australis)
Hawaiian Goose (Nene) (Branta Sandvicensis)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes Cucullatus)
James's Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus Jamesi)
Laysan Duck (Anas Laysanensis)
Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Minor)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya Affinis)
Lesser White-Fronted Goose (Anser Erythropus)
      Wildfowl (Listed Alphabetically)
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GREATER FLAMINGO
Goldeneye                  Greater Scaup
Greater Flamingo
©Nigel Key Greater Flamingo (Slimbridge November 2013)

The Greater Flamingo is the largest species of Flamingo and is closely related to the American Flamingo and the Chilean Flamingo.

They use their long legs and webbed feet to stir up the bottom of the water and use the bills to suck up mud and water to filter the food.

The average lifspan of a captive Greater Flamingo is over 60 years.

   Hear the Greater Flamingo's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Greater Flamingo (Slimbridge March 2014) Greater Flamingo (Slimbridge May 2014) Greater Flamingo (Slimbridge July 2014)
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Greater Flamingo (Slimbridge November 2013) Greater Flamingo (Slimbridge November 2013) Greater Flamingo (Slimbridge November 2013)
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Greater Flamingo (Slimbridge March 2011) Greater Flamingo (Slimbridge November 2013) Greater Flamingo (Slimbridge November 2013)
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Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
American Flamingo - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
Andean Flamingo - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
Chilean Flamingo - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
James's Flamingo - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
Lesser Flamingo - www.slim-bridge.co.uk
Flamingo Identification - www.slim-bridge.co.uk