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31/07/2018

The flamingos remains stable in the Ebre delta

That flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is the most emblematic species of the Ebre delta no one doubts. And that it is a species that can be observed throughout the year makes it an indispensable element of our landscape.

That is why this year we are in luck, because after 4 years of adverse reproduction, 2176 couples have been reproduced in the Delta. This value is above the average, with data recorded since 1992, the year in which flamingo was established and nested in the park. And in 2018, 1545 young were born, with a production of 0.71 offspring per pair. The place they choose to nest is the Punta de la Banya, which is the only place in Catalonia where this bird trusts to nest.

To support different scientific, informative and awareness projects about the population of flamingos in the western Mediterranean, the park will organize, the second week of August and for the eleventh time, the ringing of flamingo's offspring, in order to know more deeply aspects of its biology and promote its conservation.

Since 2004 approximately 3570 flamingos have been ringed and, observing from the different viewpoints of the park, it is very easy to see one of the two rings that are placed, white and larger than the metal ones, to be able to read their code with binoculars without the need to capture the animal. These rings allow us to study their migratory habits, how climate change affects them when they move, how many years they live, and all of the data that helps us to better understand the world of ornithology.

One of the most curious results that have been observed is where,  the rings of the flamingos born in the Delta have been read. 2368 observations have been made, and there are citations in 14 different countries. The ranking is led by France, with 36% of readings followed by Spain (21%) and Italy (19%).