What do greater flamingos look like?
Famous for their pink feathers, the greater flamingo is also recognised by walking on its long two legs and using its extended neck to bob for food.
Greater flamingos facts
- Flamingos get their beautiful pink colour from the small animals that they eat.
- In the Zoo we feed a specially prepared diet that keeps them pink.
- Flamingos often stand on one leg. One reason is that it keeps the folded leg warm.
Greater flamingo habitat
Shallow lakes, coastal lagoons and mudflats.
Where do greater flamingos live?
Southern Europe, Central Asia, North West India, Southern Africa.
Why do greater flamingos stand on one leg?
This stance is thought to keep the hidden leg warm among their feathers. On very hot days at London Zoo, visitors can often see the flamingos standing on both legs.
Where can I see a greater flamingo at London Zoo?
You can find our greater flamingos in the Orange zone.
What do greater flamingos eat?
Insects, shrimp-like animals and tiny plants.
What threats do greater flamingos face?
The main threat is from people destroying their habitat, as they have few predators.