25 November 2015

#1016 Kenya

Flamingos (or flamingoes) are a type of wading bird in the family Phoenicopteridae. There are four flamingo species in the Americas and two species in Afro-Eurasia. Often, they are pink in colour.

Flamingo comes from Spanish flamengo, in turn coming from Provençal flamenc from flama "flame" and Germanic-like suffix -ing, with a possible influence of words like Fleming. A similar etymology has the Latinate Greek term Phoenicopterus (from Greekφοινικόπτεροςphoinikopteros), literally "blood-red-feathered".

Thank you, Harriet !

Received on: November 17, 2015

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