Scientific classification - Phoenicopterus roseus
Species: P. roseus L.
The only species of flamingos that also nests in Europe (in Sardinia and other areas of Italy, in the Camargue-France), it is easily recognized for its more intense white-pink color on the wings.
While not reproducing, it is a species that adapts well enough to life in captivity. However, it needs a targeted diet rich in molluscs and minnows. There are specific feeds on the market.
The red flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber Linnaeus, 1758), until recently considered a subspecies of the pink flamingo (or greater), lives in Mesoamerica and the Galapagos and measures approximately 120 cm.
It lives exclusively on the American continent, in Florida, in the Bahamas, in the Yucatan, in the Galapagos and in the Caribbean.
It has no evident sexual dimorphism, even if the male is generally bigger than the female.
Curved beak pink, black at the tip. Intense red legs. Height 120-150 cm and wingspan even greater than 160 cm.
The young have pink coats with gray-brown feathers. Beak and grayish legs.
Feeding and reproduction
It feeds by filtering the water and mud along the banks of the bodies of water and on the edge of the marshes.
It reproduces in colony. The female lays an egg in the mud nest. Hatching is done by both parents. As said, it does not reproduce in captivity.
Pink flamingo - Phonicopterus ruber (photo Alessandro Cerofolini)
Pink flamingo (photo Enrico Zarri - Padule di Fucecchio)
Flamingo in flight (photo Alessio Bartolini)