Greater flamingo is the largest and most widespread member of the flamingo family. We all know how mesmerizing this bird is. With its characteristic pink and white colors, definitely worth of admiring. Along with beautiful summer colors, this omnivore has yellow eyes.
Where can we find a greater flamingo?
As we mentioned at the beginning, this bird is the most widespread. It is found in Africa, on the Indian subcontinent, in the Middle East, and in Southern Europe. Moreover, if you find yourself in saline lagoon, salt pan, saline lake, or estuaries, you will most likely meet this amazing bird.
How big is a greater flamingo?
Our flamingo can grow up to 59 inches tall and weigh to 9 pounds. Although, there were records of males that were even 74 inches tall and weighed 10 pounds. Most of the plumage is pinkish-white, while the feathers are pink or red. Moreover, the secondary flight feathers are entirely black.
The flamingo lifestyle.
These beauties are very social. They travel in groups of even thousands of members, and they communicate all the time. Since they are constantly travelling, they seek for areas with enough resources to sustain the whole flock. If not eating or mating, these birds spend their time bathing in fresh water. They sure know how to enjoy, right?
This omnivore eats crustaceans, mollusks, worms, crabs, insects, and sometimes small fish. But also, as it loves plants as well, it will also feed on shoots and grass seeds, leaves, and algae. Moreover, this food-lover will sometimes even eat mud, to see if there’s something to extract!
Just like penguins, flamingos are monogamous. They form strong bonds, which last forever. The colonies in which they breed consist more than 20,000 pairs. Both parents build the nest, as well as sharing the incubation, which lasts about 30 days. The chicks reach maturity between 4 and 6 years.
Baby flamingos are grey and fluffy, and they turn into pink after two years. Also, the straight beaks begin to curve as they grow and mature.
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