• After a six-year absence, the lesser flamingos, resplendent with deep red legs and bills, have finally found their way back to Pulicat lake.

About Lesser Flamingo

  • Scientific name – Phoeniconaias minor
  • It is the smallest of all flamingos but has the largest population.
  • It possesses the “hallux” or hind toe that some other flamingos do not have.
  • Males are taller than females.
  • It inhabits coastal and inland wetlands.
  • Global distribution: Africa, Asia continents and in that especially Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, North Africa
  • They mostly eat blue-green algae but occasionally will take crustaceans and small insects.
  • The birds form pairs that remain together while they are raising the young.
  • IUCN status : Near Threatened


About Pulicat Lake

  • It is the second-largest brackish water lake in the country after Chilika lake.
  • It lies at the border of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu with major part lying in Andhra Pradesh.
  • The long and narrow Sriharikota Island, separates Pulicat Lake from the Bay of Bengal.
  • It is popular as a flamingo-watching site and for water activities.
  • Both the South West and North-East monsoons provide rain to the area where Pulicat Lake is located.
  • The annual Flamingo Festival is held in January at Pulicat lake.
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