There are six different species of flamingos. The Rosy flamingo or Caribbean flamingo is the only type of flamingo that lives naturally in North America. The most widespread type is the Greater flamingo, which is found in Africa and southwestern Asia. Other species are the Chilean flamingo, Andean flamingo, Lesser flamingo and James’s flamingo.
There are 19 bones in a flamingo’s long neck. It’s unusual beak and feathers are made of a tough substance called keratin. The beak plays an important role in the flamingo finding food in muddy areas. Did you know that the bend halfway down the flamingo’s leg is actually its ?
A very interesting fact about flamingos’ beautiful pink feathers is that it is their that makes them colored so; it is high in beta and found in foodstuffs such as algae and prawns.
Flamingos often rest on one leg in the shallows. This position is very comfortable for the bird, as it greatly reduces the amount of body heat lost to the cool water. Sometimes, they also sit down on land, especially during the hatching period, to keep their eggs warm.
Closely related to grebes, flamingos are very social birds. They love to remain in flocks. Their cone-shaped is made up of mud, shells, and pebbles, with a flat top and strong base. After the eggs are hatched, cute little chicks are born. These chicks feed on special red-colored ‘milk’ that is very . The amazing thing is that both the parents feed their youngsters with this milk-like substance.
Did you know flamingos are fantastic dancers?