Thanks for the input, Bill, most interesting.
I thought Lesser myself, having seen a few likely escapes in with Greater flocks in Spain and Portugal.
No more pics though, just managed the one before it flew off.

Terry Donovan

From: Bill Pranty 
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 1:10 PM
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] More on the Merritt Island flamingo

Good afternoon all,'

Bruce Anderson pointed out that the Merritt Island flamingo seems to be a Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor), and I agree. I looked at the Sibley Guide. which didn't show black primaries on Lesser, and quickly dismissed that species -- my bad. Googling Lesser Flamingo gives numerous photos that show black primaries.

Since Lesser Flamingos are from Africa and Asia, this is an escapee; the color-band proves that.

I searched the International Species Information System ( and found that 19 Lesser Flamingos are captive at Disney's Animal Kingdom and 10 others are at the Jacksonville Zoo. There are 8 at Chehaw Wild Animal Park at Albany. Georgia.

Even though the birtd is an escapee, it's worth noting; the Merritt Island bird represents the first Lesser Flamingo reported outside of captivity in Florida, and since it was photographed, it's also the first record.

Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

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