5 Fascinating Facts About Flamingos (Phoenicopteridae)
Mike is an award winning wildlife writer, editor of Travel Zambia magazine and author of the Bradt Guide to Southern African Wildlife.
These unmistakable waterbirds seem ludicrously proportioned, especially when flying overhead, dangling their long legs and neck. Two species flamingos occur in southern Africa: the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is the larger and has a black tip to its pale bill; the lesser flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor) is smaller pinker, with a dark red bill.
Their huge gatherings in the soda lakes of the rift valley are among the world’s most impressive wildlife spectacles.
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