Last Friday, Ángel Sallent, a member of the Banding Group of the Association of Southeast Naturalists, spotted a dwarf flamingo specimen (Phoenicopterus minor) in Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar Regional Park. This sighting is quite relevant, since it would be the first one of its species in the Region of Murcia.
The dwarf flamingo, also known as the African flamingo, is smaller in size and wears a pinker plumage than the common flamingo (as can be seen in the photo taken by our partner on the day of the sighting).
Though most of this species’ sightings are associated with escaped captive-bred specimens, they can reach Spain or even the south of France accompanying the pink flamingos on their migrations.
In Spain it was cited for the first time in 1966 and the homologated records are essentially distributed throughout the South and East of the Peninsula (Source: SEO Birdlife).