American Greater Flamingo

American Greater Flamingo

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Greater flamingos have long, lean, curved necks and black-tipped bills with a distinctive downward bend. Their bent bills allow them to feed on small organisms. In muddy flats or shallow water, they use their long legs and webbed feet to stir up the bottom. They then bury their bills, or even their entire heads, and suck up both mud and water to access the food within. A flamingo's beak has a filter like structure to remove food from the water before the liquid is expelled.
Greater flamingos live and feed in flocks or colonies. Greater flamingos also breed while gathered in groups. Once mating is complete, a pair takes turns incubating their single egg. Young flamingos are born gray and white and do not turn pink for two years. 
 

DIET

Small organisms such as plankton, tiny fish and fly larvae

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