12 Snapshot Facts About Flamingos – Postcards from Florida
1. What does the word Flamingo mean? The word ‘flamingo’ comes from the Spanish word ‘flamenco’ meaning fire, which refers to the bright pink or orange color of the feathers.
2. How many flavors of Flamingo’s are there? here are six flamingo species, including the greater flamingo, Chilean flamingo, lesser flamingo, Caribbean flamingo, Andean flamingo and puna flamingo.
3. Can Flamingo change its color? The bright colour of flamingo feathers is caused by the presence of carotenoid pigments found in the algae and crustaceans that make up the diet of a flamingo. Carotenoids in crustaceans such as those in the flamingo diet are frequently linked to protein molecules, and may be blue or green. After being digested, the carotenoid pigments dissolve in fats and are deposited in the growing feathers, becoming orange or pink. The same effect is seen when shrimp change color during cooking. The amount of pigment laid down in the feathers depends on the quantity of pigment in the flamingo’s diet. An absence of carotenoids in its food will result in new feather growth that is very pale; the existing pigment is lost through molting
4. What color are baby Flamingoes? Little grey baby flamingo chicks hatch atop a mud nest constructed by the adults and take up to three years to attain their full mature plumage.
5. How long do Flamingo’s Live?
Flamingos can live a long time – some individuals have been recorded at 70 years of age, giving them one of the longest lifespans in the bird world. In the wild, their biggest threats are predators like eagles and even baboons.
6. Do Flamingo’s Live in Captivity? Captive flamingos also require water so that they can eat by pumping water through their bills, as they do in the wild.
7. Can Flamingo’s Fly? When flying in a flock, the top speed of a flamingo can be as high as 35 miles per hour
8. Why do Flamingo’s hold their beaks upside down while they eat? Flamingos hold their bent bills upside down while feeding, often for several hours a day, so they can filter out their food while skimming the water.
9. How Many eggs does nest of the Flamingo Have? Flamingos are monogamous birds that lay only a single egg each year
10. How big do Flamingo’s get? The greater flamingo is the largest flamingo species and can measure up to five feet tall when standing erect with its head raised, but only weighs a maximum of eight pounds.
11. What is the National Bird of the Bahamas? The flamingo is the national bird.
12. What is a flock of Flamingo’s Called? A flock of flamingos is called a stand or a flamboyance.
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