|Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)|
So, here are the facts:
- There are 5 different types of Flamingo
An exotic looking group.
- I said above that they are the closest to Britain but I didn't explain where. Well they are resident around the coast of Africa and they Winter along the South-West coast of Asia.
- Their Latin name (Phoenicopterus ruber) means Red Flamingo as Phoenicopterus means flamingo. The red part is because of their red under-wing.
- The oldest ever Flamingo was 83 years old! He died in Adelaide Zoo, Australia in January 2014.
- Moving swiftly on from death to life, the first captive Flamingo hatched at Zoo Basel, Switzerland in 1958 where another 389 have grown up.
- Flamingos were considered by the Ancient Egyptians to be the living representation of the Sun God Ra.
- Another weird fact is that in Ancient Rome their tongues were considered to be a delicacy.
- They have a length of 135cm and a wingspan of a huge 1 and a half metres! But their weight is incredible. Females are a huge 2.7kg while Males weigh a mind-blowing 3600 grams!
Here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,