Flamingos in France

Greater flamingoes migrate across the Mediterranean Sea and southern Spain, and - like these ones - to the lagoons around the Camargue in southern France. They will spend the summer here. This is as far north as they travel, and in some years they don't breed. They will only court if there is a big flock here, and sometimes they abandon their eggs. When they do breed, the grubby grey young gather in creches. The parents can recognise their own chicks by their calls, and won't feed any others. An adult flamingo trickles food into a chick's mouth from its beak. It will be two and a half months before the chicks are big enough to fly back to Africa with their parents.

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