Flamingos feeding

Title Info
Common name Flamingo, Greater; Flamingo, Lesser
Scientific name Phoenicopterus (ruber) roseus; Phoeniconaias minor
Taxonomic group Phoenicopteridae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Wetlands, aquatic
Wetlands and aquatic Rivers, streams
Ecological interactions Predation; Competition
Selection and adaptations Coloration
Organisms Animals
Animals Birds
Lessons Predation
Date August 05, 2003
Location Lake Natron,Tanzania,Africa

Flamingos feeding near Lake Natron, Tanzania. The two large, pink birds in this image are Greater Flamingos and the smaller, lighter one is a Lesser Flamingo. All three are straining the water in this stream for invertebrates. Over time, carotenoid pigments from their food gives the birds their pink color. Depending on the amount of available food, these two species may be competitors.