The hundreds, if not thousands, of Greater and Lesser Flamingos in the lakes are typical of the East African environment, and there are dozens of lakes near Mt. Arusha.
The Great Rift Valley's most popular breeding habitats include Lake Natron in Tanzania, Lake Bogoria National Park in Kenya, and Lake Nakuru in Kenya. Thousands of flamingos can congregate in these areas in massive flocks.
Flamingos are large birds with long necks and legs that look like they're wrapped in cloth. They get their name from the brightly colored feathers on their wings and bodies. There are two main types of flamingos: those that are red or pink and have black and white plumage (called "plumaged flamingos"); and those that are grayish-blue without any coloration (called "anatase flamingos").
Flamingos live in dry regions with shallow lakes where they can find food for themselves and their chicks. During winter, flamingos travel to warmer countries where there are more lakes and rivers. Some scientists think flamingos may even travel across oceans!
In order for flamingos to breed, there must be shallow waters with vegetation that is good for eating. Flamingos use their bills to scrape algae off of plants and eat the algal cells. This provides nutrients that help their bodies produce hormones that control their reproductive systems.
When you see a flock of flamingos, remember that not all birds are allowed at the zoo.
The flocks of pink flamingos at Lake Nakuru attract visitors from all over the globe, yet the lake's population changes depending on its alkalinity. As a result, the greatest number of flamingos may temporarily migrate to other nearby soda lakes in Kenya, such as Bogoria and Natron. However, since these other lakes are less alkaline than Nakuru, they can't support as many flamingos.
In addition to the flamingos, Lake Nakuru also hosts several other species of birds. These include ostrich, emu, steinbchuecken, bee-eaters, little blue butterflies, red river crabs, and many more.
However, because of the danger of snake bites, it is not recommended to go into the forests around Lake Nakuru without a guide. The best time to visit the lake is between January and April when the weather is warmest and there are fewer insects about.
Flights to Nakuru land on Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is located near the town of Nakuru. The airport has regular flights from Nairobi. The flight duration is about three hours. A taxi from the airport to the city center costs about US$30. There are also buses that run between the airport and downtown Nakuru; however, these take much longer than the taxis and cost about KSh 1000 ($10).
The lesser flamingo is predominantly found in Africa. There are populations in eastern, southern, and western Africa. Furthermore, a substantial population nests in India. The species was originally described by Linnaeus in 1758 in his Systema Naturae.
Flamingos are large, long-legged birds that belong to the order Phoenicopterus (family Phoenicopteridae). They are characterized by their red skin which often shows through when flamed with enough heat; this coloration comes from bacterium-infected feathers. Flamingos are found in all tropical and some temperate climates around the world. There are five living flamingo species, all of which are found in South America except for the Chilean flamingo which is found in northern Chile and Argentina.
The word "flamingo" comes from Spanish flamingo, which in turn comes from the Arabic name filmingha, which means "someone who is painted bright red." This refers to the skin of the flamingo, which usually appears pink or red in color but can also be blue, yellow, or white.
Flamingos are unique among birds because they only eat plants. Their diet consists of algae, water weeds, submerged vegetation, insects, and small animals.