Greater Flamingos


The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is the largest of the Flamingo family and can be easily spotted in the Algarve and other locations in Portugal. They can be spotted all year round but they do not nest in Portugal. The birds found in Portugal nest in various locations including Spain, France, Italy, Turkey and Northern African countries. However, they are not classed as true migratory birds as they don’t follow strict migration patterns.

In the Algarve, there are a few locations that you can get up and close to these large birds. Ria Formosa and Alvor Estuary (on the north side of the sea opening) are two great locations to view them.

In this month’s article in the Algarve Resident I will explain further details but for now, here are a couple of photos I took yesterday.

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Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus
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