The Greater Flamingo is the largest member of the flamingo family, with the male often growing to about 6 feet in height.
Elegant in their looks, they get their distinctive pink colour from the carotenoid pigments of their food such as algae, shrimp, molluscs and insect larvae that live in the bottom of shallow waters. An interesting fact to embody the saying ‘you are what you eat!’
They like to be in large groups with well defined social behaviour. The word ‘Flamingo’ comes from the Spanish and Portuguese ‘flemengo’, meaning ‘flame coloured’. A group is amazingly called ‘flamboyance’, from the French word meaning ‘to flame’ or ‘flair’.
Greater Flamingos are widespread and found in India, Middle East, Africa and parts of southern Europe. They are often residents and migrate only when there is a scarcity of food and major climatic variation.