Facts about Greater Flamingo /Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

Facts about Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo

                    Greater Flamingo
Out of the six species of flamingo, Greater Flamingo is most common.

These famous pink birds are often found in warm, watery regions on many continents and also occur in Asia within the coastal regions.

When flamingos flock together, they're mentioned as a ‘colony’ or a ‘stand’.
              Greater Flamingo in LRK
The Greater Flamingo is that the largest species of flamingo and stands around 1.5 metres tall tall and weighs between 2 – 4 kilograms. The Greater Flamingo features a wingspan of between 1.4 and 1.7 metres.

Their long, downward bending bills are pink with a black tip and their long, thin legs also are pink. Greater Flamingos have peculiar shaped heads on long, lean, curved necks with a particular downward bend. Flamingos have yellow eyes.
        picture of adult Flamingo group
Greater Flamingos are found during a sort of saltwater habitats including salt or alkaline lakes, estuaries, shallow coastal lagoons and mudflats.
                    Salt Basin Kuttch
Greater Flamingos are omnivores and filter-feeders. Flamingos mainly feed during the day and use their long legs and webbed feet to fire up rock bottom of the water where they then sweep their bills the wrong way up through the water. A flamingo’s bill features a filter-like structure to get rid of food from the water before the liquid is drained.

Flamingos also feed abreast of mollusks, plankton, crabs, tiny fish and bug larvae. material is additionally eaten, including grass seeds and shoots, decaying leaves and algae.

It's pink colour comes from its diet.

Flamingo feathers are tinged a gorgeous bitter floom colour thanks to coloured materials called carotenoids within the tiny shrimps that they prey on . If they are doing not eat the shrimps, their feathers turn pale.

         flamingo in exceptional number
In exceptional cases up to 200,000 pairs are observed or mainly it leaves in 10-15 colony. These large flocks give them safety in numbers. Flocks remain closely packed and individuals are shielded from predators by the opposite flock members while they need their heads down within the mud when feeding.

Greater Flamingos are vocal birds and confine contact with one another by producing a deep honking sound, almost like a Goose.
         actractive behaviour of Flamingo 
                    standing in one leg
Flamingos are often seen standing on one leg. This stance is assumed to stay the hidden leg warm amongst their feathers.

Greater Flamingos aren't territorial birds but will defend their nests during breeding season.

Greater Flamingos build their nests in pairs. Nests are made out of hardened mud with a shallow depression within the top, although alittle pile of stones and debris, lined with grass, twigs and feathers, is employed if mud isn't available.

Flamingos breed during April and should while gathered in groups on the extensive, warm, watery mudflats. Flamingos are are monogamous, meaning pairs stick together for all times . At the start of the nesting season, flamingos perform spectacular group courtship displays of synchronized dancing, preening, neck stretching and honking.

Like all species of flamingo, the feminine Greater Flamingo lays one chalky-white prod a mud mound in shallow water. The mating pair alternate to incubate the only egg. The egg hatches after 27 – 31 days.

Flamingo chicks are grey and white when born and don't develop their pink colouration for around 2 years. The chick is fed for a minimum of the primary 3 – 4 weeks entirely by the oldsters who secrete a creamy pink liquid called ‘crop milk’ which comes from the oldsters upper alimentary canal .
         subaddult and juvenile together
The chicks fledge after 10 weeks, but remain in creches for an extra month. The chick is born with a straight bill which starts to curve at about one month and may filter feed properly at two and a half months. Amazingly, the adult flamingo is in a position to locate its chick from hundreds or thousands of other chicks, by its ‘call’.

Flamingos are adult at 2 years and are ready to mate at 3 years. Most flamingos won't breed for the primary time until they're 5 to 10 years old. Flamingos might not breed when wetlands are dry and food is scarce. Some years, their feeding pools are teeming with life and there's many food with which to their chicks. However, other years the pools are nearly empty. As a result, flamingos may only breed when conditions are good .

The typical lifetime within the wild is around 30 – 40 years.

The Greater Flamingo is classed as Least Concern. 

Climate change, and its potential effects on water level and rainfall, may therefore have a significant impact on breeding sites within the future.


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