Greater Flamingo

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Greater Flamingo

Phoenicopterus rubber roseus
Thousands of flamingos gather on the lakeshore to nest in colonies. The male and female of a monogamous pair build a mud nest, in which a single egg is laid. They take turns incubating the egg until the chick hatches several weeks later.
Fact file:

Wingspan: 4 – 6 ft

Weight: 6-7 lbs

Lifespan: Up to 20 years in the wild

Habitat: Shallow salty lakes and lagoons

Diet: Diatoms, seeds, algae, small invertebrates

Current Range: Southwest Europe and southern Africa