Flocks Of Flamingos Paint Mumbai Pink During Lockdown

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

As the Indian city of Mumbai sits under a coronavirus lockdown, flamingos are tickled pink to have the place to themselves. From balconies and windows, locals watch a sea of coral hues parading beneath them.

Flamingos have long migrated to Mumbai for feeding and breeding season between November and May, but with humans spending more time at home, a new report by the Bombay Natural History Society’s (BNHS) has found that the avian species' migration population is 25% higher this year than last. According to the group, some 150,000 flamingos made the epic flight to Mumbai to feed.

“A major reason for the large numbers is also the large flocks of juveniles moving to these sites, following the successful breeding documented two years ago,” Deepak Apte, director of BNHS, told the Hindustan Times. “Additionally, the lockdown is giving these birds peace for roosting, no disturbance in their attempt to obtain food, and overall encouraging habitat.”

According to Rahul Khot, assistant director of BNHS, the flamingos may be sticking around longer than usual this year both due to the heavy rains and, curiously enough, an increase in domestic sewage, which flamingos consume.

“While there is a decline in industrial waste during the lockdown, the influx of domestic sewage is helping the undisturbed formation of planktons, algae and microbenthos formation, which forms the food for flamingos and other wetland birds,” Khot said.

Mumbians are enjoying the natural show from all around the city, snapping photos of waves of pink feathers. 


Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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