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Photo © by Alok Tewari
Jamnagar, Coastal Gujarat, India January-2016
Phoeniconaias minor

Phoenicopterus minor


80–90 cm (31½-35½ in)
Pink and white plumage


Adult and juvenile
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Jamnagar, Coastal Gujarat, India January-2016

Africa, Pakistan and northwest India. Also recorded in many European countries as vagrants such as Spain and Turkey.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly placed in genus Phoenicopterus.


Mainly brackish lakes, lagoons, salt pans



A single chalky white egg is laid on mounds they build of mud.

The Lesser Flamingo is at the front of the picture and a Greater Flamingo at the rear
Photo © by rony_roshtov
Israel March 2006


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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