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Amazing facts about flamingo

  • The word ‘flamingo’ comes from the Spanish word ‘flamenco’ meaning fire, which refers to the bright pink or orange colour of the feathers
  • There are six flamingo species, including the greater, Chilean, lesser, Caribbean, Andean and puna
  • The bright colour of their feathers is caused by the presence of carotenoid pigments found in the algae and crustaceans that make up the diet of a flamingo
  • While flamingos are considered wading birds,the same classification as herons, egrets,spoonbills and cranes,they are most closely related to grebes genetically
  • The pinkest birds have the highest status in the colony as the bright colour shows that a particular individual is strong and good at finding food resources
  • Flamingos can live a long time, some individuals have been recorded at 70 years of age.
  • When flying in a flock, the top speed of a flamingo can be as high as 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour)
  • The male and female of a mating pair build a nest together, and both sit on the egg while it incubates for about a month

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