001 Greater Flamingo

The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), measuring 110-15- cm tall, is the largest of all species of flamingo. It has pinky-white plumage, long S-shaped white neck, red coverts, black primary and secondary flight feathers, large curved pink bill with black tip, and long pink legs. They inhabit shallow water lagoons in coastal areas of southern Asia, Africa, and southern Europe. It is the state bird of Gujarat, India, where large flocks of the species breed building extensive colonies of nests in the salt marshes of the Runn of Kutch. They breed in captivity too. Greater Flamingos have very long life-span for birds averaging 60 years; the longest recorded life-span being 77 years.