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Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus

Described by: Pallas (1811)
Alternate common name(s): Eurasian Flamingo, Rosy Flamingo, Flamingo
Old scientific name(s): Phoenicopterus antiquorum


Algarve, Portugal - Jan 27, 2002 © Jose Viana  Israel - Mar 21, 2002 © Joseph W. Hammond  Eilat, Israel - Mar, 2001 © Alain Fossť  Eilat, Israel - Mar, 2001 © Alain Fossť  Eilat, Israel - Mar, 2001 © Alain Fossť 
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Nw. Africa, s. Europe to w. Asia and w. India; E. Africa; S. Africa;
Four relativly isolated populations;
1) Europe and North Africa and the Middle East.
2) Wc. Africal.
3) E. African Rift Valley.
4) S. Africa.
Breeds in s. Spain (Guadalquirvir, Andalucia, Alicante since 1973), s. France (Camargue), Morocco (Iriki, Puerto Cansado, Merdja Zerga), Tunisia (Shott Djerid region), Egypt (Bardawil Lagoon, E-Tina Lake, nw. Sinai), Mauritania (Banc d' Arguin), Turkey (Tuz Golu, Kurbaga Golu), Iran (Lake Urmia, Lake Rezaiyeh), ne. Caspian Sea (Azerbaijan), Kazakhstan (Lake Tengis), Kuwait (?), Afghanistan, Pakistan (Sind), w. India (Rann of Kutch), Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Sw. Mauritania, Senegambia and Gulf of Guinea islands. Uganda, Burundi, Kenya (Lake Elmeneita and Natron) and Tanzania (Lake Natron). Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa.
Disperses in the vicinity of breeding colonies Portugal (Pera Marsh, Lagoa dos Salgados, Algarve) and n. Algeria, n. Libya, Sardinia, s. Turkey, s. Caspian Sea, Cyprus, Syria (Lake Djabboul), Israel, Iraq, Iran (Fars), Arabian Gulf, Guinea, Sierra Leone, w. Liberia, coastal Congo, Gabon, Angola, ex. w. Zaire, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, s. and e. Zambia, Rift Valley lakes, c. Ethiopia, Djibouti, ex. nw. Somalia, Red Sea coasts of Sudan, Saudi Arabia, North Yemen, ex. w. South Yemen, e. end of Aldabra, s. and w. coast of Madagascar, Seychelles, Aldabra, Comores, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia (Tonle Sap, last record in 1935).


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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