Breeding colony in Great Rann of Kutch of greater flamingos
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14th Dec, 2020
- Chicks of greater flamingos separated from their flock and stuck in mud at a breeding colony in Great Rann of Kutch (GRK) were rescued and reunited with their flock.
What are the characteristics of greater flamingos?
- The greater flamingo is the most widespread and largest species of the flamingo family.
- These famous pink birds can be found in warm, watery regions on many continents.
- It is found in Africa, on the Indian subcontinent, in the Middle East, and in southern Europe.
- They favor environments like estuaries and saline or alkaline lakes.
- Shrimplike crustaceans are responsible for the flamingo's pink color.
- It IUCN status is least concern.
What are the threats?
- The primary threats to flamingo populations are bacteria, toxins, and pollution in water supplies, which is usually run-off from manufacturing companies, and encroachment on their habitat.
What is about the Great Rann of Kutch?
- It is a salt marsh in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat.
- It is reputed to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world.
- This area has been inhabited by the Kutchi people.
- In India the northern boundary of the Greater Rann of Kutch forms the International Border between India and Pakistan.