May 11th, 2019
What is a flock of flamingos called? A group of flamingos is, most amazingly, called a “flamboyance” of flamingos. Both flamingo and flamboyance come from words referring to fire. Anegada is home to the Caribbean Flamingo which is the second largest of its species, often growing to 5 feet tall.
According to the history books, in the 1830s, thousands of flamingos lived on Anegada, but they were hunted to extinction as a food source and for their plumage to serve on women’s headwear. By the 1960’s the flock had dwindled to a few remaining birds that eventually died or flew off. In 1992 they were reintroduced to the island with 22 birds being brought from Bermuda and released into the salt ponds. Today, the flock numbers in the hundreds of birds and is a striking spectacle to witness.
In addition, Richard Branson introduced flamingos on both Necker and Mosquito Islands. Most recently, the BVI Conservation and Fisheries Department intends to see the restoration effort expand to Belmont Pond, the largest pond in Tortola, and at Josiah’s Bay Pond. BVI Traveller had the pleasure of seeing a flamboyance (flock) of flamingos at Josiah’s Bay Pond in early 2018.
Next time you’re in the BVI, plan a trip to Anegada to witness first hand the incredible beauty of these unique creatures. Flamingo Pond has a raised lookout with a telescope or bring binoculars as the birds will stay in the distance. Local guides on land or water are also a good choice. If you can’t make it, check out the video below from Alton Bertie.
Photo and video courtesy Alton Bertie