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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Greater Flamingo

Afrikaans name: Grootflamink

Greater Flamingos have exquisite colouring

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Phoenicopterus roseus

The Greater Flamingo is found in Africa, Asia and southern Europe.

This flamingo can be up to 1.5 metres tall and weigh up to 4 kg.

Flamingos would be white if it wasn't for the pink colouring that comes from the organisms that they feed on.

These birds make a mound out of the mud for a nest and they lay one egg.

The Greater Flamingo can be found over most of South Africa, in suitable habitat, except for the eastern Cape.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 182

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 33

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 8

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 22

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 408

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 76

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 77

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 54

List of South African Birds

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