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Flamingos: Phoenicopteriformes

Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Greater Flamingo (phoenicopterus Ruber): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, FLAMINGOS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS

GREATER FLAMINGO (Phoenicopterus ruber): SPECIES ACCOUNT

Most flamingos live in South America and Africa. They also live in the Caribbean, southern Europe, southwest Asia, the Middle East, Pakistan, and India. Flamingos sometimes visit the Florida Keys and other places in southeastern United States.


Pictures of flamingos appeared on cave drawings 7,000 years ago. People have hunted them and eaten their eggs for thousands of years, but many flamingos live in places that are hard for people to reach, and many others are protected by laws.


Four of the five species of flamingos are in trouble. The Andean flamingo is listed as Vulnerable, facing a high risk of extinction. The James's, Chilean, and lesser flamingos are listed as Near Threatened, not currently threatened, but could become so.

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