A large flock of lesser flamingos feeding on a lake


Flamingos are wading birds with a very specialised diet - they filter feed, straining out tiny brine shrimps from the water with their specially evolved beaks and tongue.

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It may look as if a flamingo can bend its knee backwards but what you're seeing is actually its ankle.

Scientific name: Phoenicopterus

Rank: Genus

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Map showing the distribution of the Flamingos taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Phoenicopteriformes
  6. Phoenicopteridae
  7. Flamingos

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