The name “flamingo” comes from Portuguese or Spanish flamengo, “flame-coloured”. Flamingos are capable flyers, and flamingos in captivity often require wing clipping to prevent escape.
Flamingos usually stand on one leg while the other is tucked beneath their bodies. The reason for this behaviour is not fully understood. One theory is that standing on one leg allows the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water.
Young flamingos hatch with greyish-red plumage, but adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta-carotene obtained from their food supply. A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly coloured, thus a more desirable mate; a white or pale flamingo, however, is usually unhealthy or malnourished.
If you see with innocent eyes, everything is divine.Federico Fellini
A flock of flirting flamingos is pure, passionate, pink pandemonium-a frenetic flamingle-mangle-a discordant discotheque of delirious dancing, flamboyant feathers, and flamingo lingo.Charley Harper