Chicks galore at Africa’s newest flamingo breeding colony in Kimberley

Posted by Laura Grant on January 22, 2008
Posted in Conservation

The S-shaped island at Kamfers Dam, Kimberley.Lesser flamingos have started to breed on a specially constructed artificial island at Kamfers Dam near Kimberley in the Northern Cape. The first chicks are thought to have hatched at the end of December and Mark Anderson, an ornithologist monitoring the birds, thinks there may be up to 1,000 chicks “hidden among the masses of adults” on the S-shaped island .

This is the first time that lesser flamingos have successfully bred in South Africa and the first time that they have bred on an artificial island, Anderson says.

Kamfers Dam is now the fourth breeding colony for this species of bird in Africa (there are two others in India). They also breed at Sua Pan in Botswana, Etosha Pan in Namibia and Lake Natron in Tanzania. All of these breeding sites are threatened by various human-induced factors, says Anderson, so it is critically important that lesser flamingos have another breeding site.

At present there are said to be about 50,000 lesser flamingos on Kamfers Dam. The dam is a Natural Heritage Site and an Important Bird Area.

For pictures and regular news updates on the Kamfer Dam breeding colony visit Mark Anderson’s website.

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One Response to “Chicks galore at Africa’s newest flamingo breeding colony in Kimberley”

  1. frostygirl
    July 4th, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

    Hi

    Have you signed the petition to save the flamingos yet?

    Go to http://www.savetheflamingo.co.za

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