- Cheeky Flamingo
- What a Beautiful Natural Pink Colour
- Interesting Facts About Flamingos
- Funny Flamingo Picture - Croquet Mallet
- Lovely Flamingo Brooch
- Graceful Flamingo Sculptures
- Pink Flamingos In The Snow
- Funny Flamingo Kite
- In Egyptian hieroglyphics, the flamingo was the symbol for red.
- Ancient Romans on the other hand, thought that the flamingo's tongue was a tasty delicacy.
- You have probably guessed that the 'Flaming' part of the name comes from the colour. Flamingo is also related to the Spanish word flamenco.
- In fact, their ruddy colour is related to their diet of shrimps and other crustaceans, which are rich in the carotene pigment. However, to feed they have to turn their head upside-down.
- The largest flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber, can stand 6 feet tall (almost 2 metres). However, even more spectacular than the size and colour of an individual flamingo, is the sight of a flock of flamingos taking off from the lake shore. I think of flamingos as being an African bird, but they are also to be enjoyed in the Caribbean and South America.
- Whilst the male flamingo doesn't actually lactate, he can produce a milky fish soup in his crop, which he then feeds to his little fledgling flamingos. Incidentally, chicks are born with straight bills, they only start to curve after about 10 days.
- Flamingos really do sleep on one leg.
- A group these lovely birds is called a flamboyance of flamingos. See flamingo picture above.
Flamingo ChicksFlamingos usually lay just one large egg. It takes about a month for the chick to incubate. The chick's mother and father each take turns to incubate the egg. Just before they hatch the chick starts squawking, this is the signal for the parents to help by breaking the egg from the outside. After about a week of feeding from its parents, the flamingo chick looks funny, but it's ready to walk - see funny flamingo picture below. The young flamingo develops quickly and can swim before it leaves the nest, which is typically about a week after hatching.
Blue Flamingo - or Just Cold!See more on the flamingo
Pink flamingos in the snow, newly planted in drifts as high as their fat plastic bellies, their gaudy long necks stretched to watch the passing traffic. I drive along my usual route in glassy ice-formed ruts, thinking bad thoughts about winter and brooding darkly about the endless wet and cold. Then four flamingos catch my eye, laughing at their own frigid landscape and feigning warmth of other climes. I smile and thank the thoughtful wag who placed them there for offering hope and pointing us toward spring.
Naomi B. Patterson
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