Phaenicopterus antiquorum, Tem.
944. :- P. roseus, Pall. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II p. 775 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 25 Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 436 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 280.
Length, 52 ; wing, 16.5 ; tail, 6 ; bill, 4 ; tarsus, 12 ; mid-top 3.5 ; weight, 10 lbs.
Bill rosy, black at tip ; irides pale golden-yellow ; legs and feet pale rosy-red.
Throughout of a rosy-white, the rose color more marked on the head, back, and tail ; wing-coverts (except the primary coverts which are white) and the tertiaries, fine rosy-red ; quills black, the last of the secondaries white ; lower wing-coverts black.
The female is smaller, and the young birds have the upper plumage, especially the wing-coverts, mixed with brown and dusky spots, and hardly any rosy tinge.
The Flamingo occurs as a cold weather visitant throughout the district. It is very common on all the larger lakes in Sind, becoming less so further south.
In the Deccan it is somewhat rare.