Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus (ruber) roseus

Wild Greater Flamingoes probably reach Britain occasionally but the origin of extralimital records is difficult to judge as escaped birds also occur (such as the ringed bird at the bottom of this page). The species is common in parts of the Mediterranean, nowhere more famously than the Camargue in France from where most of the following photos were taken.

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Greater Flamingoes, Ebro Delta (Cataluña, Spain), 21st May 2013

 

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Greater Flamingos, Camargue (Bouche du Rhone, France), 25th May 2000

 

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Greater Flamingo, Camargue (Bouche du Rhone, France), 1st May 1999

 

Greater Flamingo, Camargue (Bouche du Rhone, France), 30th May 2000

 

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Greater Flamingo, Camargue (Bouche du Rhone, France), 25th May 2000

 

Greater Flamingoes, Camargue (Bouche du Rhone, France), 25th April 1999

 

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Greater Flamingoes, Camargue (Bouche du Rhone, France), 1st May 1999

 

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Greater Flamingoes, Göksu Delta (Turkey), 9th May 2010

 

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Greater Flamingo, Etang d'Urbino (Corsica, France), 17th April 2008

 

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Greater Flamingoes, Granelli (Sicily, Italy), 29th May 2012

 

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Greater Flamingoes, off Capo Murro di Porco (Sicily, Italy), 2nd May 2012

 

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escaped Greater Flamingo, Minsmere (Suffolk, UK), 10th September 2011 - this bird, bearing a blue ring inscribed M30, had wandered around much of southern and eastern Britain having apparently escaped from Marlow Zoo. Subsequently it has moved even further - thanks to Lida Soeting for sending me details and a photo of it taken at Grevelingen in Netherlands on 14th April 2013: apparently among a flock of Flamingos that breed across the border at Zwilbroeker Ven in Germany!

 

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captive Greater Flamingoes, Martin Mere (Lancashire, UK), 26th December 2014

 

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captive Greater Flamingoes, Pensthorpe (Norfolk, UK), 9th March 2014