Greater flamingo is about 42 inches tall and has a wingspan of about five feet. The greater flamingo has and pink feathers and black-tipped wings. It has a very long neck, long pink legs and webbed pink feet with three toes. It has a large hooked bill with a black tip that is curved down. Males and females look alike, although the male is a little larger. The flamingo is a filter feeder and it is uniquely adapted to feed on small The flamingo has two rows of lamallae or comb-like bristles that line the inside of its bill. It also has bristles on its tongue that help it filter food out of the water. The flamingo’s long neck and legs also help it to feed in deep water and its webbed feet help it stand on mud.

Phoenicopterus Ruber nest in large colonies. Male and female flamingos court each other with a variety of display behaviors that involve head movements, wing displays and vocalizations. The female flamingo lays one or two eggs on a mound of mud that can be as much as a foot tall. The eggs take about a month to incubate. Both the male and female incubate the eggs. They fold their long legs and straddle the nest. Chicks are downy gray and have a straight bill when they are born. Both parents feed the chicks. The chicks fledge in about 70-75 days. Chicks won’t reach their full adult size for 1 ½ to 2 years and they won’t have adult plumage for 2-4 years. Male and female pairs usually mate for life. The flamingo can live for up to 20 years in the wild.

The flamingo lives in mudflats and shallow coastal lagoons with salt water.

The flamingo can be found in the Bahamas, the West Indies, the Mexican Yucatan, northern South America and the Galapagos Islands. It can also be found in europe, Turkey and India.

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