The filter-feeding and food of flamingoes (Phoenicopteri)

@article{Jenkin1957TheFA,
  title={The filter-feeding and food of flamingoes (Phoenicopteri)},
  author={Penelope M. Jenkin},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences},
  year={1957},
  volume={240},
  pages={401 - 493}
}
  • P. Jenkin
  • Published 9 May 1957
  • Environmental Science
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
The Greater Flamingo, Phoenicopterus antiquorum, feeds by filtering chironomid larvae, seeds, etc., from mud; the Lesser Flamingo, Phoeniconaias minor, has a much finer filter, previously undescribed, by which it feeds on the blue-green alga, Spirulina platensis, and diatoms. The two flamingoes can therefore feed in the same lake without competing for food. Data from observations on living birds, from detailed anatomy of the bill, and from analyses of stomach contents of birds feeding in… 

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