10 Fun Facts About Flamingos

To celebrate our baby and kids' Totally Tropical collection featuring lots of jungle animals, but most importantly, exotic flamingos, we're giving you 10 fun facts about our roseate feathered friends. Teach them to your little ones and give them something to chat about when they're wearing their favourite JoJo clothes!

Flamingo Facts

1

Flamingos aren't born pink. First, their feathers are grey and then they turn white. Eventually they turn pink because they eat so much food with red pigments (shrimps, algae, crustaceans...)

2

Flamingos produce one egg each year and make a big nest for it made out of mud. The mum and dad take turns keeping the egg warm until it hatches.

3

Both male and female flamingos can feed their chicks crop 'milk'. Unlike other animals, this comes from their mouth, not via teats - and it's bright pink!

4

When you see a flamingo standing on one leg, it means they are resting - it's easier for them to stand on one leg than two!

5

Groups of flamingos are called colonies. Some colonies can have up to a million flamingos in them.

6

When you see a flamingo with their head upside-down, it means they're eating! They suck up the water and filter out the food.

7

There are 6 different flamingo species: the Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Chilean Flamingo, Caribbean Flamingo, Andean Flamingo and Puna Flamingo.

8

The pinkest flamingos take charge in a colony. Their bright colour is a sign of strength and resourcefulness.

9

When choosing a partner, flamingos perform a special dance to attract a mate. Once they find one, they tend to stay together for life.

10

Flamingos can fly up to 35 miles per hour!

 

 

Do you love flamingos as much as we do? Shop our Flamingo collection today.

Want to learn more about animals? Why not read our blog: 10 Fun Facts About Otters

 

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