Flamingoes (Phoenicopteridae)
Flamingoes are large waterbirds with long legs and exceptionally long necks. Their bills, which are held upside down when feeding, and strangely curved and marked by an elaborate series of lamellae which filter minute food particles from salty or brackish water. The plumage is white, with pink flushes or patches, or distinctly pink all over. They fly with legs and neck extended. They are highly gregarious at all times.
There are five species worldwide, which are mainly confined to the tropics. One species breeds in Europe.