English: Greater Flamingo
Russian: Розовый Фламинго
French: Flamant rose
Mongolian: Ягаан нал
Japanese: オオフラミンゴ (O-furamingo)
length: 120-145 cm
span: 140-170 cm
Habitat: Breeds in a few but large colonies on low islands and
banks on extensive,
open shallow, muddy beaches or at salt lakes, sea-bays, etc. Sensitive to
disturbance. S European population 35,000 pairs.
White with pinky tone, red wing-coverts and black flight-feathers. Note that
bill is mostly pink with only extreme tip black, that legs are entirely pink,
and that plumage is more white than pink. Often seen in large, tinghtly packed flocks (appearing like
whitish-pink strip on the horizon). In flight the red on the
wings is conspicuous, and neck and legs are held fully extended (neck almost
ridiculously long, drooping a little basally). Wingbeats continuous, fairly
similar but ♂ averages larger and often has slightly stronger pink-red colours.
Brownish juv, plumage quickly bleaches and is moulted to near-white with darker
shaft-streaks and dark-tipped wing-coverts. Bill pale grey, eye dark. Pink
attained slowly from 2nd year.