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Birds

Greater
Flamingo

Least Concern

Increasing

Greater Flamingo

Phoenicopterus roseus

The Greater Flamingo is the most widespread species of the flamingo family. It is found in parts of Africa, southern Asia, and southern Europe. Some populations are short distance migrants, and sightings north of the breeding range are relatively frequent; however, given the species' popularity in captivity, whether or not these are truly wild individuals is a matter of some debate.

This is the largest species of flamingo, with 150 cm tall and weighing 5 kg. It is closely related to the American Flamingo and Chilean Flamingo.

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Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    ফ্লেমিঙ্গো
  • Bhojpuri:
    राजहंस
  • Gujarati:
    બલો, હંજ, મોટો હંજ
  • Hindi:
    बोग हंस, चराज बग्गो
  • Malayalam:
    വലിയ അരയന്നക്കൊക്ക്
  • Marathi:
    रोहित, अग्निपंख, पांडव
  • Tamil:
    பெரும் பூநாரை
Taxanomy

PHOENICOPTERIFORMES
PHOENICOPTERIDAE
Phoenicopterus roseus

Quick Facts
  • It is a state bird of Gujarat.
  • The main reasons for these living in the colonies are maximizing food intake and predator avoidance.
  • This bird needs shallow, very salty lagoons and lakes to feed and breed successfully.
Greater Flamingo

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