Phaenicopterus minor

Phaenicopterus minor, Geoff. St. Hill.

944biS. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 281 ; Butler; Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 25 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 436.


Length, 33 to 35 ; wing, 12.5 to 13.75 ; tail, 4.5 to 47.5; tarsus, 7 5 to 8.5 ; bill from gape, 3.5.

Bill bright crimson-lake, deep vinous-red at base, black at tip ; irides yellow ; legs and feet deep brilliant red.

In winter plumage the head, neck, and the whole body above and below is a delicate pale rose color ; on the back little more than white, tinged with rosy ; the scapulars are almost white, with a pale rosy streak down the centre ; the quills are black, except the tertials, which are like the scapulars, but slightly pinker ; the wing-coverts are pale rosy-white, the lesser and median broadly centred at the tip with a bright rather pale cerise ; the feathers of the upper portion of the back are many of them similarly centred, and over the broad rosy-white scapulars a number of comparatively narrow, elongated, intensely cherry colored plumes (which reach as far down as the end of the closed wing) have been thrown out ; the whole visible portion of the secondary, lesser and median-coverts have become the most brilliant cherry color with only narrow white tips ; and the lower tail-coverts, flanks and vent feathers are bright rosy, tinged with cherry color, with only narrow white tips.

The Lesser Flamingo is far less common than P. antiquorum with whom it associates.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Phaenicopterus minor
Spp Author: 
Geoff. st. hill.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Lesser Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo
Phoeniconaias minor

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