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Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. The reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Some suggest that the flamingo, like some other animals, has the ability to have half of its body go into a state of sleep, and when one side is rested, the flamingo will swap leg and then let the other half sleep, but this has not been proven. Recent research has indicated that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, given they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water.


Flamingos are waterbirds.

Flamingo Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Phoenicopteriformes
Family: Phoenicopteridae
Genus: Phoenicopterus and Phoenicoparrus

Other Names:

Flamingo in Foreign Languages:

Armenian: flamingo
Belarusian: flamínha
Catalan: flamenc
Czech: plamenák
Danish: flamingo
Dutch: flamingo
Esperanto: flamengo, fenikoptero
Finnish: flamingo
French: flamant
German: Flamingo
Greek: finikopteros / flamingo
Greenlandic: aapalualuk
Hungarian: flamingó
Icelandic: flamingói / flæmingi
Italian: fenicottero
Japanese: furamingo
Korean: honghak
Low Saxon: Flamingo
Mandarin: huohè / huolièniao / hónghè
Navajo: tsídii jáádnézí
Norwegian: flamingo
Polish: flaming / czerwonak
Portuguese: flamingo
Russian: flamíngo
Serbian: plamenac
Spanish: flamenco
Swahili: heroe
Swedish: flamingo
Turkish: flamingo


Conservation Status:
The Andean flamingo is vulnerable.

Species: There are six recognized species of flamingos.

Species of flamingos include:

Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus Roseus
Lesser Flamingo - Phoeniconaias Minor
Chilean Flamingo - Phoenicopterus Chilensis
James's Flamingo - Phoenicopparrus Jamesi
Andean Flamingo - Phoenicopparrus Andinus
American Flamingo - Phoenicopterus Ruber

Size: Flamingos are 3.3 - 4.6 feet tall and have a wingspan of 3.3 - 5 feet. Flamingos weigh 3.3 to 9 lbs. The greater flamingo is the tallest species of flamingo, while the lesser flamingo is the smallest species of flamingo.

Habitat: Flamingos are found in Africa, Asia, North America, Central America, South America, and Europe. Flamingos are found near large, shallow lakes and lagoons.

Description: Flamingos have long stork like legs, and a curved beak. The flamingo's beak is black, pinkish, or cream-colored. Flamingos are known for their vibrant coloring from pale pink to crimson or vermilion.

Behavior: Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body.

Diet: Flamingos feed on brine shrimp, mollusks, and blue-green algae. A series of hair-like filters in the flamingo's beak sifts through the water to filter food.

Communication: Flamingos communicate using vocalizations and physical displays. Flamingos vocal ranges from nasal honking, grunting or growling.

Did You Know?

A flamingo’s color varies depending on their diet. The vibrant pink flamingos come from eating algae and small crustaceans such as shrimp.

Gestation: Flamingos build raised hardened mud nests where they lay a single egg. The parents take turns sitting on the nest. A flamingos egg will hatch in 27 to 31 days.

Birth: Flamingos are 2.5 to 3.2 ounces at birth. Flamingos are white or gray when first born. Both flamingo parents care for the young. Flamingo chicks leave the nest after approximately 10 days, the chicks join a group of other chicks, called a crèche.

Sexually Mature: Flamingos are sexually mature between the ages of 3-5.

Life Span: Flamingos have an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years, but they can live up to 50 years.

Social Structure: Flamingos are highly social birds, they live in colonies that can number in the thousands.


Flamingo Gifts




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