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Flamingos are easily recognisable due to their famously long neck and pink coloured feathers. Check out these top facts about the flamingo.
- There are only 6 species of flamingos.
- Wild flamingos are pink because they consume vast quantities of algae and insects.
- Flamingos are easily recognisable bird as they spend most of their time standing on one leg.
- There are 19 bones in a flamingo’s neck.
- Their beaks and feathers are made of a tough substance called keratin.
- The bend halfway down the flamingo’s leg is actually its ankle, not its knee!
- Flamingo’s stand on one leg in water because it reduces the amount of body heat lost by the cold water.
- Flamingos mostly lay one large egg at a time. The eggs weigh between 115 to 140 grammes.
- Females can lay two eggs at once, however it is uncommon that both eggs will hatch.
- 1 out of 300 people have an irrational phobia of flamingos.
- The oldest flamingo on record lived to 44 years old at the Philadelphia Zoo.
- There are more plastic flamingos in the USA than real real ones!
- Flamingos feel most secure when they are crowded together.
- A group of flamingos is called a flock
- The word “flamingo” originates from the Latin word meaning “flame”.