Lesser-Flamingo Skull Replica


The Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) is a species of flamingo occurring in sub-Saharan Africa and western India. Birds are occasionally reported from further north, but these are generally considered vagrants.


Lesser-Flamingo Skull Replica measures 4.8 inches. Lesser-Flamingo Skull Replica is Museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a birdwatching teaching tool, museum bird skull exhibit, home décor bird skull, or office décor skull.

The Lesser-Flamingo or Phoenicoparrus minor is a species of flamingo occurring in sub-Saharan Africa, with another population in India.

The Phoenicoparrus minor is the smallest of flamingos, though it is a tall and large bird by most standards.

They can weigh from 2.6 to 6.0 lb. The standing height is around 31 to 35 in. The total length (from beak to tail) and wingspan are in the same range of measurements, from 35 to 41 in.

Most of the plumage is pinkish white and their bill is more extensively black. The Lesser-Flamingo may be the most numerous species of flamingo, with a population that (at its peak) probably numbered up to two million individual birds.

Phoenicoparrus minor feeds primarily on Spirulina, algae which grow only in very alkaline lakes. Presence of them in groups near water bodies is indication of sodic alkaline water which is not suitable for irrigation use.

Although blue green in color, the algae contain the photosynthetic pigments that give the birds their pink color. Their deep bill is specialized for filtering tiny food items.

Phoenicoparrus minor are prey to a variety of species, including Marabou stork, Baboon, African fish eagle, African wildcat, and African golden wolf.

In Africa, where Lesser-Flamingo are most numerous, the Phoenicoparrus minor breed principally on the highly caustic Lake Natron in northern Tanzania. Their other African breeding sites are at Etosha Pan, Sua Pan, and Kamfers Dam.

They lay a single chalky white egg on a mound they build of mud. Chicks join creches soon after hatching, sometimes numbering over 100,000 individuals. The creches are marshalled by a few adult birds that lead them by foot to fresh water, a journey that can reach over 20 miles.

Shop More Museum Quality Skull Replicas in Bird Skull Store


Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 4.8 in
Lesser Flamingo Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Phoenicopteriformes
Family: Phoenicopteridae
Genus: Phoeniconaias
Species: P. minor
Binomial name: Phoeniconaias minor
Conservation status: Near Threatend