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Life in the Mud:

Flamingos eat with their heads upside down. They use their feet to kick up the mud beneath them. Their uniquely shaped beaks and bristly tongues filter out tiny bits of food from the muddy water.

Standing on one leg helps flamingos conserve body heat — but they do it when it’s warm too, so scientists believe it is also the most comfortable resting position.

At Reid Park Zoo:

In an effort to increase breeding behavior, keepers help flamingos make nests. A nest is just a mud mound with a bowl-shaped depression in the top.

Flamingo feathers are pink from the food they eat. When a flamingo feather falls out, it loses its pink color.


Species Name:
Chilean Flamingo
Scientific Name:
Phoenicopterus chilensis
South America
Proud Parents:
Ophelia Levins
Lynda & Mark Hanna
Cassie D. & Jim Williams