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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Greater Flamingo, Phoenicopterus roseus

Thol is a haven for migratory birds. And its pretty common to see a lot of flamingoes here especially during the winters. These pics where taken last weekend.

Coming in for a landing

Doing what they do best .. FEED !! These birds seem to be in a perpetual feeding frenzy ...

I love these 2 pics with the birds flying past the flamingoes

The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is the most widespread species of the flamingo family. It is found in parts of Africa, southwest Asia (including Turkey), southern Asia (coastal regions of India) and southern Europe (including Spain, Sardinia, 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.

This is a large species, averaging 120-140cm tall, and is closely related to the Caribbean Flamingo and Chilean Flamingo, with which it is sometimes considered conspecific. 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.

1 comment:


Thol is so far untouched.
This place can be a huge attraction for bird lovers.
This blog will definately surface this sanctuary.