The Beauty of Flamingos

We often think of flamingos as funny pink birds which turn home decor items into whimsical tropical treasures…

Flamingos are actually gregarious wading birds – – six flamingo species are recognized by most sources.

It is well known that Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. Apparently the reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Some suggest that the flamingo, like some other animals, has the ability to have half of its body go into a state of sleep, and when one side is rested, the flamingo will swap legs and then let the other half sleep, but this has not been proven. We don’t know why either, but still think they are a very unique and beautiful part of coastal wildlife.

This American Flamingo is well adapted to bottom scooping

Greater Flamingos at Pocharam lake, Andhra Pradesh, India.

“These famous pink birds can be found in warm, watery regions on many continents. They favor environments like estuaries and saline or alkaline lakes. Considering their appearance, flamingos are surprisingly fluid swimmers, but really thrive on the extensive mud flats where they breed and feed.” – National Geographic

A vibrant pink Greater Flamingo is found throughout the world in warm, waterside regions.
Andean Flamingos in the Laguna Colorada, Bolivia.

“Young flamingos hatch with grey plumage, but adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta carotene obtained from their food supply. A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly coloured and thus a more desirable mate; a white or pale flamingo, however, is usually unhealthy or malnourished. Captive flamingos are a notable exception; many turn a pale pink as they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild. This is changing as more zoos begin to add prawns and other supplements to the diets of their flamingos.” – Wikipedia

American Flamingo and baby

 A bird-shaped formation of flamingos pops in bright pink from the muddy waters of a placid lagoon in Mexico’s Yucat√°n Peninsula, along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

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