Flamingo Facts

Flamingo Facts
Flamingo Flamingo is well known and easily recognized bird because of its red-purple colored feather. These birds live in shallow lakes, mangrove swamps and sandy islands of Africa, Asia, America and Europe. There are 6 species of flamingos.
Interesting Flamingo Facts:
Adult bird is 3.3 - 4.6 feet tall and weigh between 3.3 - 9 pounds.
Flamingos wingspan ranges from 3.3 - 5 feet.
Color of their feather is result of their diet: pigments in their food (called carotenoids) are responsible for red and pink colors of their feathers. They eat shrimps, algae, crustaceans…
When they eat, their head is positioned upside-down. They suck water and filter the food.
Flamingos hold their breath while feeding.
During migration, they fly up to 37 miles per hour and travel distance of over 300 miles to reach their new habitat.
Flamingos spend 15-30% of the day in cleaning their feathers: oil produced in a special gland will be spread over feathers with a help of their beak.
Flamingos live in large groups called colonies. Some colonies consist of million birds.
Baby flamingos will hatch in the nest made of mud.
Flamingos are monogamous (they have just one partner) and they produce one egg each year.
Both mother and father keep the egg warm before it hatches. Few days after hatching both parents will start feeding their chick with milk-like substance rich in fats and proteins.
Baby flamingos don't have curved bill, it becomes curved after few months.
When they want to rest, flamingos stand on one leg.
The visible "knee" of the flamingo is actually ankle joint. True knee is close to the body and can't be seen because of the feathers.
Flamingos live between 20 and 30 years.

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