Incredible scenes in Mumbai as over 150,000 magenta-feathered flamingos flew over Mumbai. This is not a new phenomenon as the birds are used to do that in the past for breeding, but this time it was different.
According to the Hindustan Times this year, the lockdown allowed a 25% of the flamingos flying over the city. Deepak Apte, director of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), when talking to the Hindustan Times revealed:
“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.”
The lockdown in India stared on the 24th of March and it should end by the 17th of May. During the lockdown, the air quality in Mumbai was the best ever recorded in the city that is well-known for its pollution.