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common name for a large pink or red wading bird, similar to the related heron, stork, and spoonbill but with a longer neck, webbed feet, and a unique down-bent bill. Flamingos are tropical birds, although large colonies have been observed high in the Andes. The American, or greater, flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber, is now rarely seen in Florida, nesting chiefly in the West Indies. Its plumage is vermilion with black-edged wings; a common S Asian and African flamingo is scarlet with black wing feathers. The flamingo scoops its large bill backward through shallow water in marshes and lagoons. When closed, the serrated edges of the bill strain from the muddy water the aquatic plants, shellfish, and frogs on which the bird feeds. The nest is a cone of mud 1 to 2 ft (30–61 cm) high and about 1 ft (30 cm) across with a depression on top. The mates take turns incubating the one or two eggs, sitting astride the nest with their legs folded flat on either side. Flamingos are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Ciconiiformes, family Phoenicopteridae.

flamingo

[flə′miŋ·gō]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of various long-legged and long-necked aquatic birds of the family Phoenicopteridae characterized by a broad bill resembling that of a duck but abruptly bent downward and rosy-white plumage with scarlet coverts.

flamingo

1. any large wading bird of the family Phoenicopteridae, having a pink-and-red plumage and downward-bent bill and inhabiting brackish lakes: order Ciconiiformes
2. a reddish-orange colour
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Fifteen 1-month-old greater flamingo chicks were used in this study.
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The Greater Flamingo is a flagship species for conservation in the UAE and has successfully bred at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, Shahama and Bul Syayeef, all in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List records the Socotra Cormorant as a vulnerable species and has classified the Greater Flamingo as a Least concern species, which means that it is not endangered.
Presently, there are 2,000 greater flamingos, mostly adults, at Al Wathba Reserve, although their numbers reach 5,000 in winter months.
Summary: Despite the summer heat, several greater flamingo hatchlings have been spotted in Abu Dhabi's Al Wathba Wetland Reserve.
The Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is a species with a broad distribution range from the western Mediterranean Basin to Sri Lanka in the north, to South Africa in the south.
In the 1980s, the unfenced, barren and mostly dry area was a desolate tract where less than 100 greater flamingos stopped before continuing their migration.

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