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The Flamingo and Their Young

Posted on June 28, 2016 in Main

The flamingo is an animal that is well known for their long, stilt-like legs, their bright pink plumes, and their long, S-shaped necks.  Their beautiful colors, as well as their unique features, tends to make the flamingo a popular animal at both the zoo and in rescues.  The favored foods of the flamingo are snails, shrimp, and algae (a plantlike water microorganism).  When the flamingo sees it’s potential dinner, it sticks its head all the way into the water, turns it upside down, and then will use its top beak like a scoop to pick up the fish.  Thanks to their webbed feet, they are also able to “run” on top of the water so they can get up to top speed before lifting off in flight.

755f3ea756b8d82d1d97883d2dfebc9cWhen a flamingo builds a next, it looks like a mound of mud on the side of the river.  Within a shallow hole on top of the mound, the female will lay a single egg.  The egg is kept warm by both parents, taking turns sitting on it.  After almost a month of sitting, the egg will finally hatch.  The baby flamingo will hatch out with a bill that is straight and soft, white downy feathers.  As the baby flamingo grows older, the color of the feathers will change and the bill will begin to contour downward slowly. The male and female will both take care of the young flamingo.  They feed the young one by providing a fluid that their digestive system produces

After about five days, the young flamingo will wander from the nest to join many other baby flamingos in small teams.  They will only return to their parents when they want food.  The parents use the chicks voice to identify which one belongs to them.  At around three weeks of age, the adult flamingos will herd their young ones into large groups called creches where the young ones start learning how to find food on their own.