Latin name: Phoenicopterus roseus
What they look like: Famous for their pink feathers, the greater flamingo is also recognised by walking on its long two legs and using its extended neck to bob for food.
- Flamingos get their beautiful pink colour from the small animals that they eat.
- In the Zoo we feed a specially prepared diet that keeps them pink.
- Flamingos often stand on one leg. One reason is that it keeps the folded leg warm.
What they eat: Insects, shrimp-like animals and tiny plants.
Habitat: Shallow lakes, coastal lagoons and mudflats.
Where they live: Southern Europe, Central Asia, North West India, Southern Africa.
Threats: The main threat is from people destroying their habitat, as they have few predators.