Flamingos have flocked to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) in India in large increases compared to last year, as the coronavirus lockdown increases comfortable conditions for the animals, according to Hindustan Times.

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) estimates that numbers are 25% higher than the previous year.

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Deepak Apte, director, BNHS, told the Hindustan Times, “A major reason for the large numbers is also the large flocks of juveniles moving to these sites, following the successful breeding documented two years ago. Additionally, the lockdown is giving these birds peace for roosting, no disturbance in their attempt to obtain food, and overall encouraging habitat. Wetland destruction and developmental activities across several areas of the eastern seafront is another reason why larger bird numbers are getting squeezed into smaller pockets like in Navi Mumbai. We are witnessing an overall increase in flamingo population in the range of 23-25% since 2019. An accurate count will be taken once the lockdown is called off.”

Limited fishing activities and a large increase in juvenile populations, according to BNHS, also accounts for the increases.

See photos and videos of the flamingos, below:

 

 

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