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The Greater Flamingo with the scientific name of Phoenicopterus roseus

is one of the most widespread species of the flamingo family in India.

The biological name of this Greater Flamingo is Phoenicopterus roseus. It is the largest one among the flamingo species. It shares its genus with the Caribbean Flamingo and Chilean Flamingo. The quick classification of the Greater Flamingo is as below,

 Kingdom  Animalia 
 Phylum   Chordata 
 Class   Aves 
 Order   Phoenicopteriformes 
 Family   Phoenicopteridae 
 Genus   Phoenicopterus 
 Species   Phoenicopterus roseus 

Physical Characteristics:

The Greater Flamingo is the largest flamingo with the average height of 110 to 150 cm (43 to 60 in). The average weight of this greater flamingo is 2 to 4 kg (4.4 to 8.8 lbs). The wing span of this greater flamingo is 55 to 65 inches. The Greater Flamingo can grow upto 5 feet. The adult greater flamingo's legs are larger when compared to its body. Their eyes are larger than its brain.

The plumage of this species is pinkish white in colour. The wings are red in colour. The primary and secondary flight feathers are black in colour. The life span of these greater flamingos is 75 years. The legs are pink colour. The bill of this flamingo is pink in colour and also has a black tip in the bill. It makes a call like honking. They sit by extending their legs towards the backside.

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