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Greater flamingo

Phoenicopterus roseus


This is the largest species of flamingo, averaging 110–150 cm (43–60 in) tall and weighing 2–4 kg (4.4–8.8 lbs). The largest male flamingos have been recorded at up to 187 cm (74 in) tall and 4.5 kg (10 lbs).[4] It is closely related to the American flamingo and Chilean flamingo, with which it has sometimes been considered conspecific,


The bird resides in mudflats and shallow coastal lagoons with salt water. Using its feet, the bird stirs up the mud, then sucks water through its bill and filters out small shrimp, seeds, blue-green algae, microscopic organisms and mollusks. The greater flamingo feeds with its head down and its upper jaw is movable and not rigidly fixed to its skull

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mahesh.haridevan 5 years ago

lovely spotting

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New Delhi, Delhi, India

Spotted on Oct 10, 2014
Submitted on Oct 30, 2014

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