The flamingo is known for its bright pink feathers and uniquely downcurved black-tipped bill, which is adapted to filter feeding.
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The flamingo sucks water and mud into its beak with its unique tongue and then pumps the water out the sides of its mouth. Small creatures are captured in the flamingo’s filtering system of tiny plates. Flamingos feed in a manner similar to that of baleen whales.
CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Phoenicopteriformes (flamingos)
FAMILY: Phoenicopteridae (flamingos)
GENUS/SPECIES: Phoenicopterus (six species)
Size: About 3–5 ft (1–1.6 m) tall; wingspan 3–5 ft (1–1.6 m)
Weight: Between 3 and 9 lbs (1.4–4 kg)
Diet: Algae, shrimp, and other small aquatic creatures
Habitat: Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe in shallow lakes or lagoons