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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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Summary: Despite the summer heat, several greater flamingo hatchlings have been spotted in Abu Dhabi's Al Wathba Wetland Reserve.
The largest species of the flamingo family, the greater flamingo is between 110 and 150 centimetre tall and weighs two to four kilograms.
Survival rates of Greater Flamingos in the west Mediterranean region.
Here, we assess sex and age differences in survival and probability of breeding in the colonially nesting Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber roseus).
Species observed both in 2010 and 2011 were Greater Flamingo, Black-winged Stilt, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Common Coot, Kentish Plover, Indian Courser, Great Bittern and Little Bittern while Gray Wagtail was not recorded in 2011.
The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterusroseus) is a species with a broad distribution range from the western Mediterranean basin to Sri Lanka in the north, and South Africa in the south.
Antibody response measured by plaque-reduction neutralization testing (PRNT) in greater flamingos after vaccination against West Nile virus with a killed equine vaccine.
Regression of log (mass) on log (tarsus length) for Greater Flamingo fledglings, for each year from 1984 to 1991.
The Greater flamingo has successfully bred once again at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) revealed yesterday.
This is an important milestone because we are the first zoo in the world to breed the cormorants in captivity," explained Abdul Kareem, noting that 72 more cormorants and 31 Greater Flamingos are still in captivity at Dubai Zoo.
Currently, nearly 1,600 Greater flamingos are in Al Wathba and a high percentage of these are adult breeding birds.
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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