Phoenicopteridae - Flamingos
Flamingos are amongst the oddest of birds, but they are adapted to life in a fairly specialised habitat, salt lakes. The bill, held upside down, is used to filter the water for small shrimps, molluscs and insects, with the tongue acting as a piston to draw water through the bill. Their pink colour comes from algae rich in carotenid pigments.
There are five species throughout the world; none of which occurs naturally in Britain, but the Greater Flamingo (which is found around the Mediterranean) and the South American Chilean Flamingo are sometimes seen, looking distinctly out of place, in estuaries and lakes, having escaped from a bird collection.
BirdTrack migration blog (end of October to mid November)
Even as we reach the beginning of November, autumn migration is still very evident. Birds continue to arrive in the UK from more northerly regions to spend the next few months here in our warmer winters, before...
Paper call for special HPAI issue
We are putting together a special issue of the BTO journal Bird Study to bring together research documenting the HPAI outbreak and its impacts on wild birds.