Lesser Flamingos

Descendants of Phoenix

  • Lothar Krienitz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Actors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lothar Krienitz
      Pages 3-18
    3. Lothar Krienitz
      Pages 19-36
    4. Lothar Krienitz
      Pages 37-45
    5. Lothar Krienitz
      Pages 47-64
  3. The Scenes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Lothar Krienitz
      Pages 203-228
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 229-244

About this book


This book provides insights into the fascinating life of the Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) and describes how this enigmatic bird has adapted to the extreme conditions of tropical soda lakes and can even withstand the caustic effects of brine. However, humans are increasingly disrupting the natural cycles of these wetlands, and for these pink birds characteristic of these salt lakes, it is becoming more and more difficult to find suitable habitats, food and breeding grounds. Their fate is considered a cautionary example of man’s dealings with nature. Will the Lesser Flamingo survive in a man-made world?

Flamingos are considered to be an embodiment of the Phoenix, and the author interweaves his personal experiences with and observations of the flamingos’ unusual habitats with the Phoenix motif in order to stimulate reflection on the circle of life. Written in an accessible style that combines science, biological information and the author’s own travels and fieldwork, the book also includes a wealth of captivating images. As such, it offers a unique resource for biologists and nature-loving Africa and Asia enthusiasts alike.


Phoeniconaias minor Saline wetlands Alkaline lakes Food web interactions Algae Cyanobacterium Arthrospira Animal conservation East Africa India Southern Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Lothar Krienitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Experimental LimnologyLeibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland FisheriesStechlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-58162-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-58163-6
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