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.
THE LESSER FLAMINGO.
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.