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Greater Flamingo
Phoenicopterus ruber

Map of the common names


Description
It is the only species of flamingo breeding in the EU. Unmistakable, size more than 120 cm, extremely long-legged and long-necked, becomes successively whiter and gradually acquires pink, characteristic curved bill. Flamingos frequent shallow brackish and saltwater lagoons where they filter-feed on aquatic invertebrates, plankton and algae. During breeding, flamingos make mounds of sand or mud on which theiy lay their single egg. Migrant.


Watercolour by Serge Nicolle


Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
Although breeding success has recently been good and populations (about 25,000 breeding pairs) have not declined, the species is susceptible because of the loss of wetlands linked to tourist development.


Distribution map


yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor


Population :
15,000 / 35,000 pairs


Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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