10 Interesting Facts about Flamingos

Have you ever seen flamingoes? Is that beautiful, right? Facts about Flamingoes will inform you about a beautiful wading bird. They can be found in the lagoons, wetlands, tidal flats, large shallow lakes, sandy islands, and mangrove swamps. Greater flamingo (Africa, Europe, Asia) and Lesser flamingo (Africa, India) are the two species that live in the Old World. Whereas four species in the New World are Chilean flamingo (South America), Andean Flamingo (South America), James’s flamingo (South America), and American flamingo (Caribbean). The other facts about flamingoes will be explained below.

Facts about Flamingoes 1: The life span of flamingoes

The average life span of flamingo is around 20 – 30 years in the wild and 50 years in captivity.

Facts about Flamingoes 2: The color of flamingoes

Beta-Carotene (the pigment in their diet) is one of the reason why the color of flamingo’s feather is pink to reddish. Blue-green algae, plankton, mollusks, and crustaceans (brine shrimp) are their diet.

The color of flamingoes
The color of flamingoes

Facts about Flamingoes 3: Social birds

Flamingoes live in a groups (colonies) due to they belong to social birds or gregarious birds. Besides, maximizing food intake, breeding, growing population, and avoiding predators can be done by a group of flamingoes.

Facts about Flamingoes 4: The largest and the smallest flamingo

The largest flamingo species is the Greater flamingo. The height can reach 5 feet or 1,5 meters tall and the weight is around 8 pounds or 3,5 kilograms. Whereas the smallest flamingo is the Lesser flamingo. It can measure up to 3 feet or 90 centimeters with weighs 3-6 pounds or 2,5 kilograms.

The Greater Flamingo
The Greater Flamingo

Facts about Flamingoes 5: A flock or group of flamingoes

A flock or group of flamingoes is also known as a stand, a flamboyance, colony or regiment.

Facts about Flamingoes 6: Flamingoes can fly

Maybe, we never see flamingoes fly and just see them wade in the water. However, flamingoes like to fly in a large of groups. They look like a human, they have to gather speed (with run) before fly and take off quickly. They can reach  35 miles per hour.

Flamingoes can fly
Flamingoes can fly

Facts about Flamingoes 7: Characteristics of flamingoes

Flamingoes is known as a beautiful animal. They have long legs and curved neck. The length of their legs is around 31.5 – 49 inches (depend on their species). Whereas the neck can move twist and fluid.

Facts about Flamingoes 8: Stand on one leg

Flamingoes can stand on one leg. Some theories guess that they do that for some reasons, including helping them to stay warm, resting their body, and heping to get their prey. That’s amazing

Flamingo can stand on one leg
Flamingo can stand on one leg

Facts about Flamingoes 9: How to eat and drink?

Flamingoes use their bill to filter their food and suck the water. The position to eat is place their bill upside-down in the water.

Facts about Flamingoes 10: Baby flamingoes

Mud is a place to nest of baby flamingoes. Only one egg is produced by flamingoes in a year. They take care of their egg until 30 days.

Baby flamingo
Baby flamingo


We have talked facts about flamingoes. Do you know other facts about flamingoes? Hopefully, this article will help you to know more about flamingoes.


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