Year of 2017


060117
Greater flamingos in Walvis Bay, Namibia

If you go fishing or work in the shipyards at Walvis Bay in Namibia, scenes like this aren’t uncommon. Greater flamingos wade into the surf to feed on plankton. They’re unlikely to visit nearby Bird Island though. That ‘island’ was built by humans and attracts many cape cormorants. Brave people harvest the cormorant droppings on Bird Island and resell the guano as highly valuable fertilizer.


The greater flamingo is the most widespread species of the flamingo family. It is found in Africa, on the Indian subcontinent, in the Middle East and southern Europe. This is the largest species of flamingo, averaging 110–150 cm tall and weighing 2–4 kg. The largest male flamingos have been recorded at up to 187 cm tall and 4.5 kg. It is closely related to the American flamingo and Chilean flamingo, with which it has sometimes been considered conspecific.
Scientific name: Phoenicopterus roseus
Weight: 4.41 pound (2 kg) – 8.82 pound (4 kg)
Height: 43.31 inch (110 cm) – 59.06 inch (150 cm) on average
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Flamingo
Notables: Greater

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