Flamingos have taken over Mumbai while humans stay at home

India may never have been this pink before. Flamingos have taken over Mumbai and it is both stunning and surreal.

While humans all over the world are self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak, some animals are returning to the freshly depopulated areas. It’s typical for flamingos to migrate to Mumbai during feeding and breeding season, but Mumbai locals have noticed an increase in the number of the pink-feathered birds near the Talawe Wetlands and the mudflats of Thane Creek according to Science Times.

Footage from the region shows hundreds of the species lounging in the water. Roughly 150,000 flamingos have temporarily settled, marking a 25 percent increase since last year according to the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).

The environmentalists suggested reduced human activity created ideal conditions for feeding. Fishing, construction and bustling crowds usually occupy the area. Now the flamingos can search for food without interruption.

“While there is a decline in industrial waste during the lockdown, the influx of domestic sewage is helping the undisturbed formation of planktons, algae and microbenthos formation, which forms the food for flamingos and other wetland birds,” Rahul Khot, assistant director at BNHS, told the Hindustan Times.

BNHS also attributed the increase in part to large flocks of juveniles migrating after a prolific breeding season in 2018. The organization has monitored flamingo numbers in the region for a decade.

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