CLASSIFICATION OF PHOENICOPTERUS (FLAMINGO)

PHYLUM :- CHORDATA (Notochord, dorsal tubular nerve cord present and gill slits present )

Group :- CRANIATA ( Definite head. Cranium with brain present )

Sub-phylum :- VERTEBRATA ( vertebral column present)

Division :- GNATHOSTOMATA ( Jaws and paired appendages present )

Super class :-  TETRAPODA ( Paired limbs, lungs, bony skeleton and cornified skin)

Class :- AVES ( Biped and feathered vertebrates ).

Sub-class :- NEORNITHES ( True birds. Metacarpels fused )

Super Order :- NEOGNATHAE ( Modern birds, no teeth, sternum keeled).

Order :- CICONIIFORMES ( Long legged and long necked wading birds). 

Genus :- Phoenicopterus (FLAMINGO)

GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION

  • Phoenicopterus is found in Afghanistan, India, South France, South Spain, West Siberia, and Sri Lanka. It is tropical and sub-tropical. 

HABIT AND HABITAT

  • It is found in flocks on shallow jheels, and tidal mudflats, ponds and lakes. the flocks consist of many hundreds of individuals. The birds wade into shallow water and feed with their head immersed feeding on small molluscs, crustaceans, insect larvae, worms, seeds of marhes and organic ooze. It flies rapidly and can swim in water. 
PHOENICOPTERUS : FLAMINGO

GENERAL CHARACTERSTICS OF PHOENICOPTERUS (FLAMINGO)

  • Commonly called as Flamingo, Bog Hans or Raj Hans in Hindi. Body divided into head, neck and breast.
  • It is a pale, rosy-white bird, 1.25 meter tall, with elongated pink legs and long sinuous which are extended during flight.
  • The white plumage contrasts with scarlet wing coverts and black primaries.
  • Head contains paired eyes, nostril and beak. The large pink bill is down curved. The fleshy tongue works like a plunger.
  • Web present between toes. Wing feathers on back.
  • Many nests are formed in colonies on mud flats in tropical brackish water. Eggs are unspotted.
PHOENICOPTERUS (FLAMINGO)

SPECIAL FEATURES ​

  • When at rest flamingos usually stand on one leg with the long neck coiled around and the head tucked away under the feathers of the back. The Raj Hans or Bog Hans is famous for its beautiful, majestic and gracious walk.

IDENTIFICATION

  • Since the bird has elongated legs with webbed toes and all above features, hence it is Phoenicopterus (Flamingo).
PHOENICOPTERUS (FLAMINGO)
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