(Phoenicopterus ruber ruber) are an endangered species native to the Atlantic coastal regions of America, the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, and other tropical regions.
Acting centre manager Andy Wooldridge said: "All the Greater Flamingos
that are at Martin Mere have been bred and raised in captivity which makes them very friendly and sociable birds, you can get very close and even hand feed them.
Summary: ABU DHABI - After almost 10 years, greater flamingos
have begun breeding in Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi, the Environment Agency -- Abu Dhabi (EAD) said on Wednesday.
This is an important milestone because we are the first zoo in the world to breed the cormorants in captivity," explained Abdul Kareem, noting that 72 more cormorants and 31 Greater Flamingos
are still in captivity at Dubai Zoo.
Currently, nearly 1,600 Greater flamingos
are in Al Wathba and a high percentage of these are adult breeding birds.
Dr Shahid Bashir Khan, associate scientist at EAD's Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector, pointed out that it is quite unusual to have Greater Flamingos
breed in this part of the world.
Today, around 2,000 Greater flamingos
can be spotted residing in Al Wathba, with a high percentage of these being adult breeding birds.
He also initiated the first tagging of Greater Flamingos
in the UAE and Arabian Peninsula in 2005.
The migratory birds, which are usually found in large numbers in Qatar, are greater flamingos
, socotra cormorants, herons, terns, kentish plovers and red shanks, he said.
4 Watch The Birdie: The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a superb place to see greater flamingos
, as well as many other shore birds and waders.