Did you know that a group of Flamingos is called a Flamboyance? These amazing birds are under threat of climate change, but fortunately, are being protected. Being Flamboyant means being colorful and vibrant. It only makes sense then that a group of Flamingos would go by this name (among other names like a “flock” or a “pat”).
Flamingos are vibrantly pink birds that live in tropic and subtropic regions that have saltwater. They love lagoons, estuaries, mud flats, and saltwater lakes. While the birds themselves don’t drink saltwater and therefore need to also live near freshwater, the food they rely so heavily on likes the salt. Flamingos eat crustaceans, mollusks, aquatic insects, and algae.
Unfortunately, while the birds themselves aren’t being threatened, their food source is. An increased amount of pollution and toxins entering precious water sources has been a detriment. The small aquatic animals and plants are dying, causing the Flamingos to spend more time and energy searching for food. Click here to learn more about how pollution has impacted several African populations.
Climate Change is also impacting the bird’s population as drought can dry up their water source and rising waters can prevent the flamingo from properly eating. They eat upside down, making it a little difficult if the water isn’t shallow enough. Extreme temperature changes can cause a lessened desire to mate, which also reduces the numbers.
Fortunately, despite all of this, the flamingo populations across the globe appear stable and the birds do well in captivity, giving zoos the proper time to study the magnificent birds.
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