Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Species
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus). Taken at Slimbridge, Glos., on January 22nd 2006.
Taken at Slimbridge, Glos., on January 22nd 2006.
(Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 120 - 145cm; WS: 140 - 170cm

This species is white with pink tones, red wing coverts and black flight feathers. The bill is mostly pink with only the extreme tip being black.

It is found mainly around the Mediterranean.

Flamingoes live in shallow salt or brackish water. Nests are piles of mud on sheltered islands or inaccessable shorelines.

Birds are often seen in large, tightly packed flocks. They are sensitive to disturbance.

The southern European population is around 35000 birds. It is of Least Concern on the IUCN list.

Sightings

01-May-2013 : The Camargue, France
01-May-2007 : Cagliari, Sardinia
29-Apr-2007 : Cagliari, Sardinia
19-May-2005 : Castro Marim, Portugal (50)