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Flamingos

Greater FlamingoWould you believe me if I said Flamingos are small brown birds? I thought not!

Species

There are 2 different ways of classifying Flamingos. Under one scheme they belong to Order Ciconiiformes (along with Stork, Heron, and Ibis). Alternatively, they are placed in their own Order Phoenicopteriformes. In both schemes they belong to Family Phoenicopteridae.

There are five distinct species and 2 sub-species. Sometimes these are said to be 6 species, hence the duplication of "Greater". They belong to 3 Genera, although sometimes species are wrongly placed in Internet material.

  Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
    Caribbean Flamingo   Phoenicopterus ruber ruber
    Greater Flamingo   Phoenicopterus ruber roseus
  Chilean Flamingo Phoenicopterus chilensis
  Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor
  James' Flamingo Phoenicoparrus jamesi
  Andean Flamingo Phoenicoparrus andinus

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Lesser FlamingoWeb search for Lesser Flamingo, Phoeniconaias minor
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