Greater Flamingo ( Phoenicopterus ruber ruber )
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Phoenicopterus rubber is approximately 145 cm (57 inches) long therefore they are the tallest of all flamingos. Hens are smaller. It has got long and flexible neck and long reddish legs. The tip of its bill is black colored. Its body is white with pinkish or reddish coloration on its wings.
The greater flamingo is spread on three continents. In Europe it can be found down in France, Spain and in the Red Sea region. In Africa it is found in its northern, eastern, western and southern parts and in Madagascar. In Asia it inhabits the south-eastern parts. These birds usually lay two white eggs. Their nests are located above the water and are made of mud and are cone-shaped.
They feed on tiny crustaceans, plankton and grass found in salt water lakes and seas. Their flight is incredibly beautiful - they fly in lines while their extremely long legs and necks are held horizontally. They live in flocks and apart from flying they are able to swim as well.