Flamingos Project Emily H.

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Flamingos Project Emily H.

Life Cycle

Flamingos eat by walking with their heads underwater. Flamingos are carnivores so they eat fish. But, as a chick, they eat a milky red liquid that their parents make in their throats. Gross! Flamingos also have a hairlike comb in their beaks to get the mud out of their food.

A flamingos only defense is to escape by flying away, its colonies following.

A flamingos scientific name is Phoenicopterus. If a flamingo is in a group, you call them a colonie. Flamingo means red goose in Portugese, and purple winged in Greeek.

Flamingos are found in tropical and subtropical areas. They live in lagoons, on islands, and in marshes.

Flamingos live in groups of 10,000 birds. They spend most of the day feeding and migrate at night. Chicks make sounds in their eggs before they are born.

Flamingos get around by flying, walking (wadding) and/or swimming. They use their webbed feet to walk in water of deep depths. They can fly at up to 37 miles per hour.



Flamingos often stand on one leg. They are pink in color because of a chemical in shrimp and algae they eat. Flamingos have a curved black bill and a long curved neck. They are 49 inches in height, have a wingspan of 65 inches, and weigh up to 8 pounds. Crows only have a wingspan of 39 inches. Flamingos have 3 front toes and 1 back toe on their webbed feet. As a baby, a flamingo is white and has a straight beak.


Life Cycle





A flamingos long legs allow them to wade into much deeper water. Their webbed feet support them on soft mud. When water is too deep, flamingos swim while eating.


FlamingosBy: Emily H


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