Friday, November 19

Facts about Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingo Facts

What do you know about the fascinating Pink Flamingos? Do you know why Flamingos are different shades of pink, red, or orange? Their coloring all depends on their location and the food they eat. They are born a dull white or gray color and turn pink because of what they eat. Their diet includes algae, small insects, plants, plankton, shrimps, and tiny crustaceans. Their pink coloring comes from the beta-carotene in the food they eat.


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Facts about Pink Flamingos:

1. There are six species of flamingos. The six species include the Greater Flamingo, the Chilean Flamingo, the Lesser Flamingo, the Andean Flamingo, the Puna (James’s) Flamingo, and the Caribbean (American) Flamingo. Four of the Flamingo species are found throughout the Americas and the Caribbeans, and the other two are native to Europe, Asia, and Africa.  

2. Pink Flamingos can weigh up to 8 pounds and get up to 5 feet tall.

3. Pink Flamingos live in large shallow lakes and lagoons. They build their nests out of mud along the waterways.

4. Flamingos sleep with their heads on their backs and standing on one leg. They can sleep standing up or lying down.

5. Pink Flamingos eat with their heads upside down. They place their heads in the water upside down and sweep their bills side to side until they get food.

6. A group/flock of Flamingos is called a flamboyant. A baby Flamingo is called a hatchling, chick, or chicklet. Adult Flamingos are referred to as male or female Flamingos.

7. A Pink Flamingo can live up to 30 years in the wild and up to 50 years in captivity.

8. Flamingos can fly up to 370 miles a night at a speed of up to 37 miles per hour! They fly primarily at night to avoid predators.


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Check out my YouTube video about flamingos:

Facts about Pink Flamingos


Books about Pink Flamingos:

1. Flamingos by Victoria Blakemore

2. Flamingo Activity Book for Kids: by Activity Slayer

3. Facts About the Flamingo by Lisa Strattin

4. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

6. Sylvie: The Colorful Flamingo by Jennifer Sattler

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