A greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) wades into shallow water on its long legs. Holding its head upside-down in the water, the flamingo swings its head side to side. It pumps water through the strainer-like edges of its unique beak to trap microscopic algae and small animals.
- Where to see them: African, southern Europe and Asia
- Weight: 6 to 7 lbs
- Lifespan: Up to 20 yrs in the wild
- Wingspan: 4 to 6 ft
- Habitat: Wetlands
- Diet: Seeds, algae, and small invertebrates