Flamboyance of Flamingos


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Did you know that a flock of flamingos is called a “flamboyance” or “stand?” The word “flamingo” comes from the Spanish and Latin word “flamenco,” which means fire, and refers to the bright color of the birds’ feathers. Flamingo chicks are born grey or white; they take up to three years to reach their pink, orange or red feathers.

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The backward bending “knee” of a flamingo’s leg is actually the bird’s ankle. The actual knee is very close to the body and is not visible through the bird’s plumage.

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