Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Greater flamingos

I've posted about these beautiful birds on several occasions this week. I thought I'd add two images for today's post.

The Greater Flamingo is larger and whiter than the Lesser Flamingo with a pale pinkish black-tipped bill. In flight it displays conspicuous crimson red and black wings. Non-breeding birds have white plumage. The Greater Flamingo is a a locally common resident regarded as near-threatened. It's highly nomadic and partially migratory, usually in large flocks.

It's habitat : the Greater Flamingo favors saline or brackish shallow water bodies like salt pans, large dams and coastal mudflats. 

It eats aquatic invertebrates such as brine shrimp and brine fly (larvae) also algae. 

It has a goose-like double honk-honk call given in flight. 

It's monogamous and colonial; nest is a cone of mud.

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  1. Great capture.
    Must be exciting to hear the bird calls.

  2. Flamingos are one of my favourite birds. I'm sorry to hear they are a threatened species where you live. I read somewhere the other day that the flamingos are no longer in large numbers at Lake Nakuru. I believe they may have moved on to Lake Baringo. Have you heard any such thing?

  3. Gorgeous birds. They grow quite old too. We had one at the zoo that was 98 years old.

  4. Hello Jo, the flamingos are cool wild birds. I usually only see them in the zoos. Great post and photos.
    Have a happy Wednesday!

  5. honk honk and a happy Wednesday to you too

  6. Very interesting post, great photos, too :)

  7. They are such elegant and colourful birds.


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