Flamingo

Date of issue: 25 December 2009.

The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is the most widespread species of the flamingo family. It is found in parts of Africa, southern Asia (coastal regions of Pakistan and India) and southern Europe (including Spain, Sardinia, Albania, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, and the Camargue region of France). Some populations are short distance migrants, and records north of the breeding range are relatively frequent; however, given the species' popularity in captivity whether these are truly wild individuals is a matter of some debate. A single bird was seen on North Keeling Island (Cocos (Keeling) Islands) in 1988. Greater flamingo is the state bird of Gujarat, India.

This is the largest species of flamingo, averaging 110–150 cm (43–60 in) tall and weighing 2–4 kg (4.4-8.8 lbs). The largest male flamingoes have been recorded at up to 187 cm (74 in) tall and 4.5 kg (10 lbs).. It is closely related to the American Flamingo and Chilean Flamingo, with which it is has sometimes been considered conspecific, but that treatment is now widely seen (e.g. by the American and British Ornithologists' Union) as incorrect and based on a lack of evidence.

Like all flamingos, this species lays a single chalky-white egg on a mud mound.

Most of the plumage is pinkish-white, but the wing coverts are red and the primary and secondary flight feathers are black.

The bill is pink with a restricted black tip, and the legs are entirely pink. The call is a goose-like honking.

Oval: 38,61 х 28,81 mm

Kazakhstan 2009 Flamingo
Obverse: 
face value“500 ТЕҢГЕ” in the center, under the face value metal, fineness and weight of the coin “Ag 925 24 g”,  year of coinage “2009”, trade mark of Kazakhstan mint. The name of issuing bank in Kazakh “ҚАЗАҚСТАН ҰЛТТЫҚ БАНКІ” on the upper sector on the circumference. Stylizes image of a butterfly and composition of flowers on the lower sector.
Reverse: 
images of two flamingos, the sun and holographic image of water surface. The name of the coin and name of the species in Kazakhs “ҚОҚИҚАЗ” and Latin “PHOENICOPTERUS ROSEUS” on the upper sector on the circumference.
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Flamingo
Flamingo
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Catalog ID: 
KZ167CM1
Value: 
€54
Mintage: 
4000
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Purity: 
0.925
Weight: 
24g
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