Greater Flamingos
Greater Flamingos (Adults and a juvenile)
Greater Flamingo
Greater Flamingo

Observations, notes, photos

Greater Flamingos at Sulaibikhat Bay, January 2012.

Scientific Name 
Phoenicopterus roseus
Arabic Name 
النحام الكبير
Kuwaiti name 
155.0 cm
130.0 cm
Least Concern


Throughout the year, but more commonly as a winter visitor and disperser in all seasons. It was an irregular breeder on Bubiyan in the 1920's, but there are no breeding records since those early records.
Where in Kuwait 
This is one of Kuwait's iconic birds, especially the huge flocks that are seen in Sulaibikhat and Jahra Bays with up to 3000 recorded in early February 2008. They have also been recorded in inland pools in the Jahra area.
In the world 
This species is regularly seen from West Africa eastward through to the Mediterranean to South West and South Asia and throughout sub-Saharan Africa. There is also a Palearctic population spanning West Africa, Iran and Khazakhstan which breeds from March to June.
Local threats 
The biggest threat is pollution of the tidal flats where they feed. Sadly, these iconic birds are targeted by occasional shooters, but could also be accidentally caught in shallow water fish nets.