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flamingo,

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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Sur la nidification du Flamant rose Phoenicopterus roseus en 2003 et 2004 en Algerie.
Key words: anaphylaxis, envenomation, eastern yellow jacket wasp, Vespula maculifrons, serum protein electrophoresis, avian, Chilean flamingo, Phoenicopterus chilensis
Additional West Nile and Kunjin virus sequences included in this study GenBank Year of Source of Place of Accession Virus ID isolation isolation isolation Number KUNMP502-66 1966 Culex pseudo- vishnui Sarawak L49311 NY99 1999 Phoenicopterus chilensis (Chilean flamingo) NYC(a) AF196835 NY99 1999 Human NYC AF202541 ISR98 1998 Goose Israel AF205882 Rom96 1996 Human Romania AF130363 Rom97-50 1997 Unknown Romania AF130362 ARB310 1967 Culex sp.
However this species had not been recorded at Laguna Melincue, a relatively accessible site that has been surveyed systematically in recent years, and where Andean and Chilean flamingos (Phoenicoparrus andinus and Phoenicopterus chilensis, respectively) have been recorded (Romano et al.