The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Greater Flamingo

Afrikaans name: Grootflamink

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.

References and further reading

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 68

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 54

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 107

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 58

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 37

World Birds - Author: Brian P. Martin - Published: 1987 - Page: 87

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 31

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 38

Two Oceans - Author: Branch, Griffiths, Branch and Beckley - Published: 2010 - Page: 356

Wading Birds of the World - Revised edition - Author: Eric and Richard Soothill - Published: 1989 - Page: 118

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 5

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 33

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 76

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 77

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 40

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 14

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 54

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 50

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 60

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 408

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 34

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 82

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 82

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 22

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 91

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 8

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 29

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 35

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 33

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 47

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 182

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 182

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 53

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 28

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