Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus Scientific name definitions

Alfredo Salvador, Miguel Á. Rendón, Juan A. Amat, and Manuel Rendón-Martos
Version: 2.0 — Published August 12, 2022

About the Author(s)


A native of Madrid, Alfredo Salvador, PhD, Universidad Complutense, Madrid 1979, has been professor at the Universities Autónoma of Madrid and León. Much of his career has been spent as a researcher in herpetology at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC), Madrid. Throughout his career, he has had a great interest in scientific dissemination, both of amphibians and reptiles and of other vertebrates of Spain. He has published several field guides on amphibians and reptiles and has been co-editor, editor, and author of species accounts in the Enciclopedia Virtual de los Vertebrados Españoles. He is now retired but has a keen interest in birds and contributing to the BOW.

Juan A. Amat is a Scientific Researcher with the Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC) at the Estación Biológica de Doñana in Seville, Spain. He graduated from Seville University with a BS in biology. He holds a PhD in biology (duck ecology) from the same university. His main research interest is waterbird behavioral ecology, especially in ducks, shorebirds, and flamingos. His main research topics include nest camouflage strategies, parental care, and the function of coloration. He has been editor-in-chief of Ardeola International Journal of Ornithology, and is associate editor of Enciclopedia Virtual de los Vertebrados Españoles. He has served as member of the Awards Committee of the Waterbird Society, as member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Society of Ornithology (SEO-BirdLife), and as councillor of the Spanish Society of Ornithology’s Council.

Miguel Ángel Rendón graduated and obtained his PhD (parental care in Greater Flamingos) from the Universidad de Málaga. Currently, he is a Research Technician at the Estación Biológica de Doñana in Seville (CSIC), Spain, where he is working on spatial and temporal models in waterbirds, behavioral ecology in Greater Flamingos, geometric morphometrics, and color patterning studies applied to birds and amphibians.

Manuel Rendón-Martos, PhD (Greater Flamingos at Fuente de Piedra Lake) from the University of Málaga, Spain, 1996. Biologist of the Junta de Andalucía (Spain). He has worked as Conservation Director of the Fuente de Piedra Lake Nature Reserve (1985-2021), as Director of the Flamingos Banding Program, and as Coordinator of the Wetlands Plan and the Waterbird Recovery and Conservation Plan in the Andalucía Region (Spain). He has worked on various conservation and research projects on Flamingos and wetlands in the Mediterranean, northwestern Africa, and the Caribbean. He is now retired but has a keen interest in the behavioral ecology of Greater Flamingos and waterbirds.

Recommended Citation

Salvador, A., M. Á. Rendón, J. A. Amat, and M. Rendón-Martos (2022). Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.grefla3.02