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Flamingos or flamingoes /fləˈmɪŋɡz/ are a type of wading bird in the family Phoenicopteridae, the only bird family in the order Phoenicopteriformes. Four flamingo species are in the Americas and two species are in the Old World.

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Real or Fake

There are more FAKE flamingos in the United States than real flamingos.

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How Flamingos Eat

Flamingos essentially dine upside down. While standing in shallow water, they bend their long necks, tilt their bills into the water and swish their heads side to side. Their large tongues acts like a pump that beats five to 20 times a minute, sucking water into the front of the bill and then squeezing it out the sides. Fringed plates on their tongues trap food, such as shrimp, fish and algae, in the circulating water.

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Flamingos come from an ancient bird lineage, with fossils similar to modern flamingos dating from 30 million years ago, according to the Smithsonian National Zoo.

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Carribean Flamingo

Greater flamingos have the palest plumage, while Caribbean flamingos are the brightest pink in color.

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Greater Flamingo

The largest species is the Greater Flamingo, which stands between 4 and 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) tall and weighs up to 7.7 pounds (3.5 kilograms). The smallest species is the Lesser Flamingo, which stands a little more than 2.5 feet (0.8 m) tall and weighs about 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg).

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There is a movie coming out that will illustrate the lives of the flamingos and explain nearly everything about them.

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Flamingos stand one one leg to reduce the amount of body heat lost in while being in water.

Contributed by Taylor Jackson

flamingos are actually not pink, they get there pink color from eating shrimp.

Contributed by Madami Watara

Flamingos are one of the most interesting types of animals in the world. There are six known species of them out there. They are different from many other types of birds because of the length of their legs. They aren’t often seen flying but they certainly can just like other birds.

Contributed by Ebony Ivy

Flamingo Dance are just the cutest

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