Flamingos are tall, pink birds that often stand on one leg. Ask questions here about their habitat, behavior and conservation.

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Do flamingos travel alone or in a flock?

flamingos travel in groups. they are weak otherwise. but in groups, they seem to be more of a threat, fending off predators.

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Where can you buy a flamingo?

you can go to youre local zooo


Are pink flamingos dangerous?


Collective Nouns

What is the collective noun for flamingos?

The collective nouns for flamingos are:

  • a stand of flamingos
  • a flamboyance of flamingos
  • a colony of flamingos
  • a flock of flamingos
  • a flurry of flamingos

Is a flamingo a vertebrate or invertebrate?

yes a inveterate


Do flamingos live in Russia?

yes they do live in Russia

they are non- passerines

Adjectives and Articles
Butterflies and Moths

What are some adjectives that can be used to describe a butterfly?

1. airy

2. wispy

3. beautiful

4. lovely

5. fanciful

6. winged

7. colorful

8. flighted

9. enchanting

10. amazing.

11. papilionaceous

12. lepidopterous

13. adorned

14. alluring

15. billowy

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Is a flamingo a predator or prey?

Both! It is a prey because it eats shrimps and other crustacean's, but they don't have any real big predators, but they could be a prey.


Does a flamingo have a backbone?

Yes, a Flamingo like all birds has a back bone.


What is the difference between a flamingo and a bird?

[1]A flamingo have webbed feet buy the bird don't have.

[2]A flamingo have a long neck were as a bird have a short neck.

[3]A flamingo have a long beak were as a bird have a short beak.

[4]A flamingo is big were as a bird is small.

[5]A flamingo is pink in color were as a bird is any color.

[6]A flamingo is beautiful were as a bird is quite dull.Some birds can be colorful.

An difrent answerA Flamingo is a bird

Um... a flamingo is a bird, there is no difference.


What do flamingos eat?

Flamingos eat small fish like anchovies and shrimp. Flamingos are actually white or grey, but the shrimp they eat turns them pink. When a flamingo loses its feathers it eventually turns white or grey. A baby flamingo is born white or grey, but it gets pinker as it gets older.

They eat shrimp and some anchovies, as well. (It is the shrimp that accounts for the pink color of flamingos.)

They eat plankton, tiny fish, fly larvae, small shrimp, and anchovies.

Chickens and Roosters

What is a male chicken called?

Oliver Whorwood:

Male chickens are called roosters, cocks or cockerels.

Zoology or Animal Biology

What is the body symmetry of a flamingo?

The flamingo's body shows bilateral symmetry.


Do Flamingos sleep standing on 1 leg?

yes they do

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Where did Zoe ball get her flamingo top?

Okay if you really wanna know she got personally made by: blaise 20


Do flamingos fly?

Yes they do fly sometimes

National Emblems

What country's national bird is the flamingo?

It is the Flamingo the national bird of Brazil.

Animal Behavior

Is a flamingo harm -blooded or cold blooded?

Birds regulate their body temperature and could be described as warm blooded, which is one of the reasons they have feathers, to insulate them. Not all their body parts are kept warm though their feet and lower legs are much closer to ambient heat as it would take lots of energy to keep them warm. Although blood circulates through the lower legs and feet the heat loss/gain is minimised using a counter- current cirulatory system.


Why are flamingos pink?

Pink Flamingos

Flamingos are pink because of the food they eat, which is shrimp and algae.

Additional Input

  • It's not the the color of the food that makes the flamingo pink, but the chemicals inside.
  • Flamingos are pink if they have a lot of food containing beta carotene in their diet (i.e shrimp).
  • The coloring is actually a derivative of a class of plant-produced compounds called carotenoids-that is, carotene and its chemical cousins. Flamingoes in the wild eat shrimp, which is pink. The flamingo body may not process other colorful chemicals the way it processes carotene. Often times when flamingos are fed at a zoo, their diets are much different than their diet would be in the wild. Flamingoes in the wild eat shrimp, which is pink. Therefore flamingos in a zoo habitatand that aren't fed shrimp lose their pink color, so zookeepers must add food coloring to the food!
  • The depth and shade of their pink depends on how much suitable carotenoid they eat. In order to have flamingoes that remain pink in captivity, various colouring agents are fed to them; normally the same agents that are fed to farmed salmon so they have pink meat.
  • This answer is completely wrong! I'm pretty sure shrimps do not contain beta carotene. Beta carotene is an orange (not pink) pigment found in carrots and is a precursor to vitamin A. Whereas Astaxanthine is a pink pigment produced by plants and algae. It is Astaxanthine that give Flamingos their pink color. When shrimps eat algae the astaxanthine contained in them is incorporated into their chitin shell. When the Flamingos eat the shrimps the flamingos then incorporate the pigment into their feathers. Incidentally this is also why the meat or muscle of an adult wild salmon is pink. Farmed salmon raised on meal lacking the pigment have white appearing muscle. This is also why when you cook shrimp or lobster or crab they turn bright pink to red in color. Shrimps and lobsters don't look pink at first due to proteins in the shell obscuring the pigment. When the protein is denatured (cooked) it reveals the wonderful color. This is also true of the leaves of fall. When the green chlorophylls in the leaves are destroyed the reds and oranges and yellows of fall are revealed in their splendor! What about pink you say? I'll explain this next.
  • Both astaxanthine and beta carotene are Carotenoids, a group of pigment molecules produced by plants and algae that range in color from yellow to red (the leaves of fall). They help absorb light and pass the energy to chlorophyll. They can be divided into two groups, xanthophylls and carotenes. The former containing oxygen and the later lacking. The coloration of these molecules is due to the length of their carbon chain with alternating single and double bonds, called conjugation. This chain absorbs light of various colors (energies). The more highly conjugated or the longer the chain the more red the pigment looks. The shorter the chain the more yellow the pigment. Changing the length changes the light absorption spectrum and therefore the color. Vitamin A (retinol) alpha and beta carotene, lycopene, and lutien are all vitamins and antioxidants as well as Carotenoids.
  • Although the explanation of the caratinoids above is right on the money, its important to note FLAMINGOS ARE NOT PINK BECAUSE THEY EAT SHRIMP! Flamingos are pink because the things they eat have those pigments in them. True, flamingos do eat whats called a grass shrimp, but most of their diet is made up of diatoms and algae. In fact, most species of flamingo can't eat anything bigger than microscopic organisms. So to say that a flamingo is pink just because of shrimp is like saying humans grow healthy and strong because we drink milk. Yes, milk does help us do that, but it is a very small part of a diverse diet that we consume everyday. Also, the feathers are only temporarily that color, not stained pink. If a feather comes off, than it will return to its original white color while laying on the ground over time.
  • flamingo chicks hatch a smokey grey color, which eventually lightens and turns pink when they lose their down.Flamingoes are pink because they eat shrimp rich in a pink protein which builds up in the birds feathers. Much like when you eat lots of carrots and you turn orange, or when you put a white flower in red water and the flower turns red.

The phytoplankton that their food eats gives color to their feathers.


What does the beak help the flamingo do?

it helps to eat the food and to carry food


What predator eats flamingo?

The lesser flamingo is preyed upon by lions, leopards, cheetahs, and jackals. Pythons have also been known to attack flamingos.•The Andean flamingo is preyed upon by the Andean fox and Geoffrey's cat.•In Africa, hyenas will enter a flamingo's environment when the ground is dry and can hold the animals' weight. Hyenas cause more panic among the birds than actual mortalities.•Records indicate that bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, foxes, minks, and dogs have killed flamingos in zoological environments.•On Great Inagua Island in the Bahamas feral pigs prey on flamingos.


Why does a flamingo stand on one leg instead of two legs?

I would like to know it also.


Why don't flamingos live in cold weather?


What is a flamingo?

A flamingo is a long legged pink feathered wading bird of Africa. It has a large down turned beak for sifting shallow lakes for shell fish etc which maintains the pink plumage. The broad pink wings have black wing tips.

There was also an aircraft of the 1930s called the De Havilland (UK) Flamingo. It was a four engined airliner and could carry 20 odd passengers.

Kiwis (birds)

How often do kiwis lay eggs?

Kiwi birds usually lay only one egg per season & although the kiwi is roughly the size of a chicken, it lays eggs that are about six times the size of a chicken's egg. Further as Kiwis are not constrained by needing to be able to fly some Brown Kiwi females can carry and lay a single 450 g (16 oz) egg. Once a year, a kiwi lays one large egg that makes up about 15-20% of its body weight, then, 24 days later, lays another egg. The second egg is beginning to develop as soon as the first is laid. On rare occasions, a kiwi may lay a third egg. The kiwi can lay only one egg at a time, as the egg is huge.


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