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Birds

Birding Málaga

Birds

Common name Lesser flamingo
Scientific name Phoeniconaias minor
Type Waterbirds
Status Resident

Large bird (approx 90 cm or 3 ft) and with the typical appearance of the flamingos, although clearly smaller than the Greater Flamingo, which is especially visible if we observe specimens of the two species together. Plumage of pink colouration more intense than that of the Greater Flamingo. It has a very dark bill.

Habitats

Wetlands

Where it lives

African species typical of humid zones.

How it lives

Occasional species in the province. Its presence in Spain is very recent and, although initially it was attributed to the release or escape of specimens in captivity, it is very possible that there are specimens that come from Africa in a natural way. The requirements and breeding habits are the same as those of the Greater Flamingo. Its diet is based on cyanobacteria and microinvertebrates.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

In the province of Malaga it can only be watched in the Fuente de Piedra lagoon, where it is integrated with the Greater Flamingo groups. Its presence in the lagoon depends on the existence of a certain level of water. When the right conditions are met, it can be present the whole year. In the Great Path it can be observed in stage 18.

Curious facts

Its presence in the province is very recent, especially as a breeding species. In 2007 its reproduction could be confirmed in the Fuente de Piedra lagoon.

Similar birds
Routes where it can be observed
Present
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Wintering Summer Resident Migration