Flamingos are relatives of the herons and storks. There are 6 species of which this is the largest, growing up to 1.5m (5’) in height.
Size: 1.4 - 1.65m
Weight: 1 - 1.5kg
The greater flamingo is found in a variety of habitats, particularly salt lakes, estuaries and lagoons. In Africa they are often found flocking with lesser flamingos on the great salt lakes.
The greater flamingo has a varied diet of worms, insects, algae and vegetation. Flamingos feed with their heads held upside down, looking backwards between their legs!
Flamingos' nests are flattened cones of mud, often surrounded by a shallow ‘moat’. Both parents incubate the single white egg.
Greater flamingos are not classed as endangered but are threatened by disturbance to breeding sites. In Egypt they are shot and captured to be sold on markets.