Flamingo grooming pink wing feathers

Greater flamingo

Greater flamingos spend much of their day wading about with their heads upside down, filtering food from the waters of lakes and lagoons. They can be distinguished from lesser flamingos by their larger size, paler plumage and pink bills.

Scientific name: Phoenicopterus roseus

Rank: Species

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The Greater flamingo can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, Europe, Indian subcontinent, Madagascar, Mediterranean, Russia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Greater flamingo distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


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