Lesser Flamingo
Lesser Flamingo (Among Greater Flamingos)
Scientific Name 
Phoeniconaias minor
Arabic Name 
النحام الصغير
Kuwaiti name 
130.0 cm
85.0 cm
Near Threatened


Extremely rare vagrant. An unusual wanderer from Africa and/or sporadic southern Asian colonies.
Where in Kuwait 
Single birds observed on only two occasions in December 2007 and January 2010 at Sulaibikhat Bay, in the company of the Greater Flamingo flock.
In the world 
Populations appear to be undergoing a moderately rapid decline. It breeds mainly in the Rift Valley lakes of East Africa in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. When not breeding it occurs in virtually every sub-Saharan country and from the Arabian peninsula to Pakistan.
Local threats 
The biggest threat is pollution of the tidal flats where they feed.