Tuesday, May 8

Pretty in Pink (Psychadelic Furs)

Flamingos are birds. They have bright pink feathers and long, skinny legs. Flamingos are very lightweight--they typically weigh between 4 and 8 pounds, which is about as much as a human baby! As we mentioned, they're often seen standing on one leg. In fact, they sometimes do this for hours at a time, even when it's very windy, and scientists aren't quite sure why they do it.

Where Do Flamingos Live?
In the wild, flamingos live in places with warm weather, and they can usually be found near lakes and rivers. Flamingos like to live together in groups called colonies, and staying with other flamingos helps keep them safe. They do lots of their hunting and eating with their heads in the mud, so the other flamingos keep watch and protect the flamingo with its head down!

What Do Flamingos Eat?
Flamingos are omnivores. This means that they eat both plants and animals. They eat lots of shrimp, and the pink color of the shrimp turns their feathers pink! If flamingos live in zoos or somewhere that they are fed by people, they don't turn pink unless people feed them shrimp!

These birds also like to eat algae, plankton, and insects. When a flamingo sees food that it wants to eat, it put its head under the water, twists its neck so its head is upside down, and uses its beak to scoop up the food.

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