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
The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
Flamingos or Flamingoes ( Brazilian pronunciation (help·info)) are a type of wading bird in the genus Phoenicopterus (from Greek: φοινικόπτερος, meaning "purple wing"), the only genus in the family Phoenicopteridae. There are four flamingo species in the Americas and two species in the Old World.
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