Greater Flamingo Woodbridge Island

Jul 20 2017

Greater Flamingos

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Greater Flamingos return to the wetlands in the inner city of Cape Town towards the end of the Cape winter, where they are often seen squaring off against each other, including in the  Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island.

Cape Town is recognized globally for its extraordinarily rich, diverse and unique fauna and flora. Nowhere else in the world does an area of such rich bio-diversity exist almost entirely within a metropolitan area.

The Greater Flamingo is the largest species of flamingo, averaging 110–150 cm (43–59 in) tall and weighing 2–4 kg

Some Flamingo facts:

1) Flamingos are monogamous but breed with a different partner each year.

2) They lay one single chalky white egg.

3) They only breed in huge groups (up to 200,000).

4) Incubation of the egg takes 27-31 days and is carried out by the male and female.

5) Once hatched brooding lasts 3-4 days.

6) At 5 – 10 days the chicks join a huge crèche and are looked after by a few adults.

7) They take their first flight at 75-80 days.

8) They live a long time! – around sixty years in the wild although the oldest recorded bird at Adelaide zoo reached at least 83 years of age (it was there 83 years but was already an adult when it arrived).

9) Although seldom seen in Cape Town the Lesser Flamingo is the most numerous of the two – about two million strong.

10) Despite this, the Lesser Flamingo is classified as ‘near threatened’ due to its declining population and low number of breeding sites, some of which are being adversely affected by human activity

11) One of very few breeding grounds in the world for the Lesser Flamingo is at Kamfers Dam in Kimberly.

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