Zebra Herd
Zebra Herd
View from Above
View from Above
The stunning Mapungubwe Hill
The stunning Mapungubwe Hill
Eland in Mosemane Pan
Eland in Mosemane Pan
Landscape
Landscape

Greater and Lesser Flamingo

Greater Flamingo

Description

The Lesser Flamingo is smaller and usually a richer pink colour than the Greater Flamingo, and with a maroon bill. The best places to see these birds are Sua Pan and Nata Sanctuary at the eastern end of the Makgadikgadi Pan, and the best time from mid-April to end May depending on local rains.

Voice

The call of the Lesser is a high-pitched honking sound, while that of the Greater is a goose-like double honking given in flight.

Behaviour and habitat

They prefer shallow wetlands, especially saltpans. The food of the Lesser is microscopic blue-green algae and diatoms, while that of the Greater is aquatic invertebrates and brine fly.

They are monogamous; live in colonies and build conical mud nests.