SmackAMack’s Blog

March 11, 2009

Animal of the Week – Flamingo

Filed under: Uncategorized — smackamack @ 1:54 am

greater-flamingoThere are six times of Flamingo: Greater, Lesser, chilean, James’s, Andean, and America.  Each breed looks slightly different in coloring and markings and found in different locations in the world.  

Flamingo Facts:

flamingos-parc-paradisio1. Flamingos filter-feed on brine shrimp and use their oddly-shaped beaks to sperate mud and silt from the food they eat, and are uniquely used upside-down. 

2. The flamingo’s characteristic pink coloring is caused by the Beta carotene in their diet.  Zoo-fed flamingos are given food with canthaxanthin to look pink.  This is also given to farmed salmon.  

dsc01557a3.  Like dolphins, flamingos have the ability for half of their body to sleep at a time.  This is why you see the flamingo standing on one leg…they are resting that side of the body, and then they switch.  

4. Flamingo tongues were a delicacy during Ancient Rome and their fat was believed to be a cure for tuberculosis.


1 Comment »

  1. I was helping my nephew do reseach on flamingo and it refered me to this blog. There are several typos present and in hopes of helping others who come here for information I ask you to please re-read this and correct the mistakes. Thank you.

    Comment by Piper — July 12, 2009 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

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