Greater Flamingo

Phoenicopterus roseus

Size: Up to 150 cms high
Habitat: Lakes and saltpans
Feeding: Algae and shrimp

Greater Flamingos breed in large numbers in and around the Rift Valley lakes of East Africa.

They are a very familiar shape with a long neck, a large body and pink feathers. It is the algae that they eat that gives them their pink colour.

The Greater Flamingo is much larger than the Lesser Flamingo. It is a whiter colour and its beak is pink with a black tip.

These photos were taken at Lake Nakuru, Kenya. The second photo shows a comparison of the Greater and Lesser Flamingos. The Greater Flamingo is on the right.







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