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Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor), Eilat, 19/Mar/06

Tomer Landsberger

On their last day visiting Israel, a 'Birdfinders' group guided by James P. Smith and Vaughan Ashby found an adult Lesser Flamingo among the 400-500 Greater Flamingos present at Km 20 saltpans, north to Eilat. The bird was first found and identified by Dr. Svetlana Annenkova.

This species, which breeds in central and eastern Africa, has never before been recorded in Israel. Past records from the Western Palearctic are from Morocco, Spain and France.

Last seen: 04/Jul/06

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