Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsColonies

Peck of Trouble for Flamingos in Arabia

August 07, 1993|Associated Press

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The first breeding colony of flamingos in Arabia in 70 years abandoned 80 nests after someone stole most of the eggs.

English and Swedish ornithologists had been monitoring the flamingos since they arrived from Africa in June at the edge of a mangrove-sheltered saline lake.

"Flamingos rarely form new colonies, and this was a great discovery," said Erik Hirshfeld of Sweden, one of Europe's top bird experts. "This is the first time for more than 70 years that flamingos have laid eggs and hatched young ones anywhere in Arabia."

The flamingos apparently resettled about a half mile away from the abandoned nests but will not nest again this year, experts said.

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|