Lesser Flamingo

Phoenicopterus minor

Size: Up to 90 cms high, wingspan 105 cm
Habitat: Lakes and saltpans
Feeding: Algae and shrimp

Lesser Flamingos breed in large numbers in and around the Rift Valley lakes of East Africa.

They are a very familiar shape with a long neck, a large body and pink feathers. It is the algae that they eat that gives them their pink colour.

The beak is dark red with a black tip. Is a strange hooked shape, perfect for dredging and filtering for food. The Lesser Flamingo is smaller and more pink than the Greater Flamingo.

These photos were taken at Lake Nakuru, Kenya and in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.







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