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Greater Flamingo

Afrikaans name: Grootflamink

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Long neck and head of a Greater Flamingo

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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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