Sunday Snapshot #14

Hello friends, sharing this American/Caribbean Flamingo for today’s Sunday Snapshot. Our Condo Management decided to get a feel of Jurong bird park at our Condo and installed decorative bird statues. And my phone promptly caught these, and I am presenting one of them here —some fun trivia about the beautiful pink birdies.

1.More than 2 million flamingos of six different species brighten the skies and shores with their pink plumage. They are found in various environments and habitats across the globe.

2. Indeed, you are what you eat. True to this adage, Flamingo’s signature pink color is due to the carotenoids in their food. Like algae, small seeds, tiny crustaceans (like brine shrimp), fly larvae, and other plants and animals live in shallow waters.

3. They are one of the very social birds, living in large groups. They are mostly monogamous and lay their eggs in mini mud nests. Both parents share the responsibility of building the nest and incubating the eggs. Both also can produce crop milk to feed the young one until it is old enough to fend for itself.

4.Even though primarily seen in large groups on the ground, Flamingos can fly long distances and show migration for breeding and climatic acclimatization.

5.Flamingos stand on one foot – even fall asleep on one foot. They do this balancing act to conserve muscle power and body heat.

6.True to their characteristics, a group of Flamingos is called A flamboyance! Alternatively, other collective nouns for flamingos include stand, colony, and pat.

Our popular Flamingo Flock pool at Jurong Bird Park was created in 1984 and houses the park’s two other species of Flamingo.

Kalyani S Kakade

06, Ashadha Krishna Paksha, Shashthi 2079 Rakshasa, Vikrama Samvata Singapore,19 June 2022 Sunday

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