A lesser flamingo preens its feathers with its large hooked beak

Lesser flamingo

Lesser flamingos are the smallest and most common of the flamingos. They live for the most part in East Africa, but can be found as far afield as Spain and Afghanistan.

Scientific name: Phoenicopterus minor

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Lesser flamingo taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Lesser flamingo can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, Europe, Indian subcontinent, Madagascar, Mediterranean. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Lesser flamingo distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Near Threatened

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Phoenicopteriformes
  6. Phoenicopteridae
  7. Flamingos
  8. Lesser flamingo

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