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Lesser flamingo +

Phoeniconaias minor

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  • Lesser flamingo
  • Lesser flamingo
  • Lesser flamingo
  • Lesser flamingo
  • Lesser flamingo
  • Lesser flamingo

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The specialised curved bill of the flamingo acts like a fine filter enabling the uptake of the smallest of life forms. Up to 20 litres of water are pumped through the bill on a daily basis for the purpose of food uptake, whereby the particles remain on the microscopic lamellae and are then swallowed. The pink colouring comes from the carotene that is concentrated in the shells of small shrimps.

Classification:

Order: flamingos, family: flamingos

Diet:

Primarily benthic diatoms and blue-green algae, occasionally also small shrimps

Habitat:

Undisturbed saline lakes and lagoons

Reproduction:

Brooding: 28–31 days, one egg; fledge the nest after a week; independent at 10 weeks; maximum life span: ca. 50 years

Status according to Red List/ distribution area

Near threatened (NT)

Status according to Red List:Near threatened (NT)

IUCN web page

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