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Lesser Flamingo

Phoenicopterus minor

Description:

"This is the smallest and most numerous flamingo, probably numbering up to two million individual birds. They generally weigh 4.5 lb (2.0 kg), are 3 ft long, stand 3 ft 3 in (0.99 m) tall, and have a wingspan of 3 ft 3 in (0.99 m). Most of the plumage is pinkish white. The clearest difference between this species and Greater Flamingo, the only other Old World species, is the much more extensive black on the bill. Size is less helpful unless the species are together, since the sexes of each species also differ in height." - Wikipedia

Habitat:

San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They breed principally on the highly caustic Lake Natron in northern Tanzania and southern Asia.

Notes:

Odd fact: "Many molecular and morphological studies support a relationship between grebes and flamingos." - Wikipedia

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3 Comments

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 6 years ago

Thank you both! I think this one was doing yoga :)

OnengDyah
OnengDyah 6 years ago

Pretty flaminggo...

patty
patty 6 years ago

Great pictures and stunning pink! =)

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 33.10, Long: -116.99

Spotted on Apr 3, 2012
Submitted on Apr 5, 2012

Reference

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