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High-speed footage of a lesser flamingo, (Phoenicoparrus minor) running across the water as it takes off. The lesser flamingo inhabits the alkaline soda lakes of the East African Rift Valley, and is also found in southern and western Africa, and the salt marshes of northwestern India. It feeds almost exclusively on Spirulina algae, although it also takes shrimp from the water. It is the smallest of the flamingoes, standing some 90 centimetres tall. It is also the most numerous, with an estimated two million individuals, but it is considered Near Threatened due to habitat degradation of its few key breeding sites. This colony is at Lake Bogoria, in Kenya.
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