1 020 km

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This is how far a lesser flamingo flew – on a sin­gle jour­ney. In 2016, the En­dan­gered Wildlife Trust fit­ted 12 flamin­gos with GPS de­vices to learn more about the flight pat­terns of these en­dan­gered birds. One of the flamin­gos, called Kucki, flew 1 020 km be­tween Mozam­bique and Madagascar in just un­der 24 hours, and then spent two years on the is­land. She re­turned in May 2018, trav­el­ling 927 km in a sin­gle flight. On her re­turn flight, Kucki took off from the same spot, at the mouth of the Man­goky River, where she had landed in 2016.

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