Lesser Flamingos and a hybrid

Lesser Flamingo with broken leg

Lesser Flamingo with broken leg

The last two days I’ve been birding around Kulu. The lake has had a Lesser Flamingo present during the last 4 or more springs and summers.

Two days ago I found a Lesser flamingo with a broken leg. Of course I thought that the bird present for so long time had broken its leg. Obviously it had difficulties foraging and it is probably going to die soon.

Lesser Flamongo with healthy leg

Lesser Flamingo with healthy leg

Yesterday I got quite a surprise. I found the Lesser Flamingo again, but this time the leg was not broken. So obviously there had to be two birds present. And soon I located the bird with the broken leg further off.

Lesser Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo

The bird with the healthy leg was foraging with a Greater Flamingo and another “thing”, which caught my attention.

Lesser Flamingo with a hybrid Lesser x Greater Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo with a hybrid Lesser x Greater Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo with a hybrid Lesser x Greater Flamingo and Greater Flamingo - maybe the family?

Lesser Flamingo with a hybrid Lesser x Greater Flamingo and Greater Flamingo – maybe the family?

The size was between Greater and Lesser and the colour was more pink that Greater Flamingo. Furthermore the bill looked like a mix of Greater and Lesser Flamingo. So it looks like we have a hybrid Lesser x Greater Flamingo around!

 

Silas

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