Flamingos in Uganda
Flamingos in Uganda are gregarious wading birds, usually 3 to 5 feet high, found in both the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. They are more numerous in the latter. Flamingo’s filter-feed on shellfish and algae. They have oddly-shaped beaks which are specially adapted to separate mud and silt from the food they consume, and are uniquely used upside-down. There are 6 species worldwide and 2 species which occur in Uganda.
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
Flamingos in Uganda can be seen around Lake Bagusa, Lake Katwe, Lake Nyamunyuka, Lake Bunyampaka and Lake Maseche in Queen Elizabeth national park
The flamingos majorly feed on algae which occurs in alkaline lakes and spirulina exactly like the one of Lake Munyanyange and other outlined lakes above.
The Lesser Flamingos are pink feathered with thin legs, piercing yellow eyes and sit atop a deep, jug like bill. They weigh about 1.2 kgs to 2.7 kgs while their height is between 80- 90 centimeters.