|Greater Flamingo (Phoenictopterus ruber)
|Cayo Coco, Cuba
There are 2 sub-species: P. r. ruber distributed in the Caribbean and the Galapagos; and P. r. roseus distributed round the Mediterranean, in Africa, the Middle East and India.
It is found in shallow, inshore waters and brackish pools where it feeds on small marine animals and algae which are strained from the sediment while the bill is held under water.
|The nominate sub-species, pictured here, is a much deeper pink to red colour than P. r. roseus. The black flight feathers are usually visible only in flight but can just be seen in this image.
They are usually found in large flocks but this was the only individual seen during our 2 weeks in Cuba.