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Flamants rose © MNHN - F-G Grandin

The greater flamingo

Greater flamingos live in coastal ponds and lagoons in West Africa, South Africa, East India, Iran, South Russia and the Mediterranean basin.


Class, order and family :
Sauropsida, phoenicopteriformes, phoenicopteridae
Lifespan :
Up to 44 years in captivity
Height & weight :
from 1.40 to 1.65 m, between 2 and 4 kg
Gestation :
incubation 27 - 31 days
Natural habitat :
Coastal ponds, lagoons
Diet :
crustaceans, algae, plankton
Native region :
Africa, Asia, Europe
Statut UICN : 

Least concern (LC)

Distinctive features

They feed on algae, plankton and crustaceans rich in carotenoid pigments which gives them their pink colour. In France, wild populations can be found in Camargue.