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Flamingo

At the Cincinnati Zoo at Flamingo Cove.

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.

FactsEdit

  • 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