Over 100,000 flamingos flock to Mumbai

Posted on 6 May 2020

It’s not unusual for flamingos to visit Mumbai. From September to May these birds spend time feeding in the city’s lakes. The number of birds that have flocked to the the capital of Maharashtra state in western India this year, however, is expected to break records.

With the city under lockdown, the lack of human activity has welcomed in a plethora of flamingos.

Tens of thousands of birds have turned a lake in Mumbai into a pink paradise. The birds usually migrate to Mumbai in September and stay until May for feeding, according to Rahul Khot of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) who spoke to CNN. 

In 2019, the number of flamingos recorded was 134,000 but BNHS estimates the number for 2020 will surpass this by the end of the month.

In March of 2020, BNHS counted 125,000 birds, before the country went into lockdown.

‘They are being reported from places where they have earlier been reported less in number because there is no human activity there now,’ Khot said to CNN.

Image: Twitter/ @chmnaidu

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