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

Priorities for Future Research


While Greater Flamingo is a relatively well-studied species, there are still some important aspects that require further study.

  • Accurate censuses of populations are needed. Rapid semi-automated counts using unmanned aerial vehicles can be used (322).
  • Detailed studies on microhabitat use are required.
  • Age-related habitat use may be studied using individually marked birds.
  • Long-term studies are needed on the effects of habitat modifications, as a result of the foraging activity of flamingos, on patch dynamics in wetlands.
  • The costs and benefits of individual movements from fledgling dispersal until recruitment as breeders need to be studied. The re-sightings of thousands of flamingos individually marked can be used for this purpose.
  • Age-related variations in the complexity of sexual displays should be studied at the individual level.
  • There are very few studies of daily activity patterns in relation to habitat quality.
  • The functional significance of the post-feeding chases of adults by chicks has not been studied.
  • There are no data on the operational sex-ratio.

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