❗️ Some facts about flamingos! Write in a comments numbers of facts that you didn't know! ⤵️
1️⃣ There are six distinct species of flamingo, but it takes a trained eye to distinguish them.
2️⃣ Adult flamingos are four to five feet tall, but only weigh between four and eight pounds. That’s the kind of astonishing body density (or lack of) needed for flight.
3️⃣ Flamingos tend to congregate in mudflats or lagoons, where they can find shallow saltwater prey. These habitats are also difficult for predators to negotiate.
4️⃣ Flamingos feed by stirring up mud with their feet. Then they reach down and scoop up a beakful of mud and water. Their beaks are designed to strain animals out of the mud, and the muddy water is expelled. This happens as the flamingo’s head is upside-down.
5️⃣ The feathers under their wings (flight feathers) are black. You only see them when the birds are flying.
6️⃣ 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.
7️⃣ Some flamingos find it easier to steal a nest that’s already been built, so mating pairs must guard a nest from other flamingos as well as predators.
8️⃣ The color pink comes from beta-carotene in the crustaceans and plankton that flamingos eat. Zoo flamingos will turn white if their diet is not supplemented with live shrimp or flamingo chow containing carotenoid pigments.
🎥 by: @alexander_lapuk