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Lesser Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo Lesser Flamingo  

The Lesser Flamingo is a species in the flamingo family of birds that resides in Africa and in southern Asia. The Lesser Flamingo is the smallest and most numerous flamingo who generally weigh 2.0 kg, are 3 ft long, stand 3 ft 3 in tall, and have a wingspan of 3 ft 3 in.

Most of the plumage is pinkish white. The clearest difference between this species and Greater Flamingo, the only other Old World species, is the much more extensive black on the bill. Size is less helpful unless the species are together, since the sexes of each species also differ in height.

This species feeds primarily on algae which grow only in very alkaline lakes. Although blue-green in colour, the algae contain the photosynthetic pigments that give the birds their pink colour. Their deep bill is specialized for filtering tiny food items. The lesser flamingo also feeds on shrimp.

Lesser Flamingos are prey to a variety of species, including Marabou Storks, Baboons, African Fish Eagles and Wildcats and of course humans (unfortunately).

The species breeds in south-western and southern Asia. They lay a single chalky white egg on mounds they build of mud. Chicks join creches soon after hatching, sometimes numbering over a hundred thousand individuals. The creches are marshalled by a few adult birds who lead them by foot to fresh water, a journey that can reach over 32 km.

This one was clicked during my trip to Sewri Wetlands, Mumbai outskirts, early 2011. Sewri Wetlands are wellknown for these migratory birds but unfortunately the place is a disaster simply because of the industrial area and the oil spillage surroundings. I feel it is not the ideal place to photograph these birds simply because the birds are almost dirty with the oil patches on their feathers and also becuase of the elevated angle we get from the jetty. Birds adapt to the surroundings and this is a classic example as I see despite of such dirty surroundings, these birds come in flocks during thier migratory seasons. I wonder why is our Government not considering this spot as a Tourist spot and clean the mess around to conserve these beauties....

Disclaimer: This photograph is taken in the natural habitat. Incase if anybody needs the copy of this picture, please contact me. © All Rights Reserved by Yogesh Rane (www.junglebook.co.in / www.yogeshrane.com)

 

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