Greater Flamingos breeding at Abu Dhabi's Al Wathba Wetland Reserve05/09/2012 10:15:28 17 chicks were born on Al Wathba in 2012 nesting season
Al Wathba Wetland Reserve
The bird nested at the same site where they bred successfully on two previous occasions in 1998-99 and in 2011.The first eggs were spotted during the last week in May and the first new-born chick was recorded on June 27. More chicks were born on the following days. The 2012 nesting season saw 17 chicks born, similar to the number of chicks born in 2011.
"Through our work managing areas such as Al Wathba Wetland Reserve and other protected areas in Abu Dhabi Emirate, it has become increasingly evident that the protection of such areas is crucial in ensuring the preservation of our environment, as our economy continues to grow," said Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Executive Director, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector at EAD.
This successful breeding of flamingos in the Reserve is an indicator of the suitability of habitat for the flamingos in the Reserve.
"Our flamingo monitoring and tracking programme and the valuable data that has been collected over the past few years has helped us monitoring trends in numbers and improved protection of their habitat" added Dr. Al Dhaheri.
The Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is a species with a broad distribution range fromthe western Mediterranean Basin to Sri Lanka in the north, to South Africa in the south. It is the most common visitor to the UAE and can be observed all year round in lagoons, fresh and salt waters of artificial wetlands, even close to human settlements or activities, such as highways, suburbs, industrial areas, salt pans, sewage ponds. The Greater flamingo is a flagship species for conservation in the UAE and has successfully bred at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, Shahama and Bulsyayeef, all in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Greater flamingo makes mound on islands or in sheltered coastal habitat and lay a single egg. EAD has a successful flamingo tracking programme, implemented since 2005.