The colors of the greater flamingo - Chiara Tinti
The colors of the greater flamingo
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The greater flamingo is found in Africa, on the Indian subcontinent, in the Middle Eastand southern Europe. The coloration comes from the carotenoid pigments in the organisms that live in their feeding grounds. Secretions of the uropygial gland also contain carotenoids. During the breeding season, greater flamingos increase the frequency of their spreading uropygial secretions over their feathers and thereby enhance their color. The bird resides in mudflats and shallow coastal lagoons. Using its feet, the bird stirs up the mud, then sucks water through its bill and filters out small shrimp, seeds, blue-green algae, microscopic organisms and mollusks. The greater flamingo feeds with its head down and its upper jaw is movable and not rigidly fixed to its skull.
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