Breeds locally in southern Europe, but in northern Europe occurs occasionally as free-flying escapes from captivity. (Other flamingo species could also occur as escapes.) Very big with long, "coat hanger" neck, big kinked bill, and very long pinkish legs. Plumage at rest whitish with pale pink blush and some deep pink often visible on closed wings. Flies with long neck and legs extended, when deep pink-and-black wing pattern striking.