The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Greater Flamingo

Afrikaans name: Grootflamink

Greater Flamingos have exquisite colouring

Photo © Steven Herbert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 408

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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