SEEN - SE European Bird Migration Network
A short report on Flamingo ringing at Lake Uromiyeh and recoveries in Turkey
Sadegh Sadeghi Zadegan
Wildlife and Aquatic Affaires Bureau, Department of Environment,
PO Box: 15875-5181, Pardisan Eco-Park, Tehran, I. R. Iran

Greater Flamingo Ringing Project at the Lake Uromiyeh initiated in August 1970 when 242 molting adult Flamingo were ringed with metal leg rings, and 2,250 chicks were banded with blue neckbands. Subsequently only metal leg rings were used. By the end of 1999 breeding season a total of 30,002 Flamingos including 29,313 chicks (leg ring and blue collars) and 689 adults have been marked throughout 23 operational years. 216 recoveries (0.72%) from 28 countries have been reported (19 recoveries were reported from Turkey). Of these, 209 belong to the chicks (including five blue collars), and seven belong to the adult ringed birds. There are 15 recoveries from the Lake Uromiyeh. Recovery period varied between 1-162 months. Recoveries range from Morocco in the west, south to Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, north to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, and east to the India and Sri Lanka. This demonstrates a very wide post-juvenile dispersal of Flamingos, which had not hitherto been suspected. The adult birds from the Lake Uromiyeh colony, however, seem to winter almost entirely in Fars Province and along the coast of the Persian Gulf and Omar Sea. Colour Ringing Programme has initiated in 1999, with 295 chicks. These birds were ringed among 750 metal ringed birds, have been fixed both by plastic green mono-colour rings. It is not possible to administer bands with alphanumeric codes allowing individual identification, but still identifiable by their metal rings. The only first colour ring recovered in 2002 in Khur Dubai, UAE.
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