Appearance - The Greater Flamingo is the largest species of Flamingo. The plumage is pinkish white, primary and secondary flight feathers are black and wing coverts are red, the beak is pink with a restrictive black tip, pink skin from the eye to the beak, and the legs and webbed feet are pink. The eyes are yellow coloured. Both sexes are alike but the male is slightly larger.
Notes - The large Greater Flamingo is closely related to the American and Chilean Flamingo. It is the most widespread species of Flamingo. The Flamingos characteristic pink colouring is caused by the beta carotene in their diet.
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