Greater Flamingo

Phoenicopterus roseus

A greater flamingo wades into shallow water on its long legs. Holding its head upside-down in the water, the flamingo swings its head side to side. It pumps water through the strainer-like edges of its unique beak to trap microscopic algae and small animals.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Africa
weightWeight: 6 to 7 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 35 yrs
wingspanWingspan: 4 to 6 ft
habitatHabitat: Wetlands
dietDiet: Seeds, algae, and small invertebrates