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Greater Flamingo
(Phoenicopterus ruber)
walrus
Description
They are most well-known for their bright pink coloration and in fact, the word "flamingo" derives from old Spanish for "flaming" or "red feather." They have long, graceful necks and legs which in proportion to body size are the longest of any bird. The legs are pink and, being a wading bird, the front three toes are webbed. Their bills have a characteristic downward bend, and are pale-yellow at the base, pink to orange in the middle, and black at the tip.
Dimensions
They measure from 47 to 57 inches tall. The males weigh an average of 6.2 lb, while females average 4.9 lb.
Diet
They use their feet to stir up the mud, then they suck water through their bills and filter out small shrimp, seeds, blue-green algae, microscopic organisms, and mollusks.
Habitat & Range
They live in mudflats and shallow coastal lagoons with salt water. They can be found in Florida in southeastern U.S.A.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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