Flamingo-FACTS

When Florence joined the team, everyone wanted to know a bit more about her background. Here's some cool facts on Flamingos...

  1. There are six species of flamingos in the world
  2. The word "flamingo" comes from a Spanish Latin word "flamenco" which means fire, and refers to the bright colours of the birds' feathers
  3. Flamingos are most closely related to grebes genetically
  4. Flamingos are strong (but rare) swimmers and powerful fliers
  5. When flying in a flock, the speed of a flamingo can be up to 55 kilometres per hour
  6. Flamingos hold their bills upside down while feeding so they can filter out their food while skimming the water
  7. A flamingo chick's bill is small and straight without any distinct colour patches
  8. Flamingos will lay only a single egg each year
  9. Flamingo chicks are born grey or white and take up to three years to reach their pink plumage
  10. The colour of a flamingo's feathers is caused by carotenoid pigments in their food
  11. The greater flamingo can measure up to five feet tall
  12. An adult flamingo's legs can be found up to 1250mm long, which is longer than their entire body.
  13. The backward bending knee of a flamingo's leg is actually the bird's ankle
  14. While a typical flock of flamingos is only a few dozen birds, flocks of up to a million or more have been recorded
  15. Flamingos have a lifespan in the wild of 20 - 30 years


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