Phoenicopterus roseus

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Rare and Endangered Animals of Armenia

The Greater Flamingo

The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is the most widespread species of the Flamingo family. It is found in parts of Africa, southwest Asia (including Turkey, and southern Europe (including Spain and the Camargue region of France). Some populations are short distance migrants.

This is a large species, averaging 120-140cm tall, and is closely related to the Caribbean Flamingo and Chilean Flamingo, with which it is sometimes considered conspecific. This article follows the treatment in Ibis (2002) 144, 707-710.

Like all flamingos, this species lays a single chalky-white egg on a mud mound.

Most of the plumage is pinkish-white, but the wing coverts are red and the primary and secondary flight feathers are black.

The bill is pink with a restricted black tip, and the legs are entirely pink. The call is a goose-like honking.

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Animal in Armenia

Սովորական ֆլամինգո ("Sovorakan flamingo")


Disappearing species. Included in the Red Book of the former USSR.

Habitat in Armenia

Met along the valley of Arax and in the reservoirs of Lake Sevan.

Number in the wild

15 species wintered on Sevan in 1980. 5 – 10 species registered on Ararat valley.

Reasons for decrease in number

Was always rare bird in Armenia.

Number in captivity

13 birds were kept in the zoos of the Soviet Union in 1976.

Measures of protection taken

Hunting is forbidden in the territory of Armenia.

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