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So many wonders surround us. Often colors of animals have practical protective coloration schemes that make sense. So why do flamingos have such zany colored feathers? Pretty, but practical?

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flamingo feathers, feathers, pink feathers, nature quiz

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carter4 months ago

    gorgeous colour aren’t they xx

  • lynn
    they are very colorful….get that way from eating crustaceans

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Stratton4 months ago

    They get their color from the crayfish they eat.. Don’t know why, just that they do. :-)

  • pete
    in the spirit of our on going mutual education…..Carotenoids in crustaceans such as those in the flamingo diet are frequently linked to protein molecules, and may be blue or green. After being digested, the carotenoid pigments dissolve in fats and are deposited in the growing feathers, becoming orange or pink. The same effect is seen when shrimp change color during cooking. The amount of pigment laid down in the feathers depends on the quantity of pigment in the flamingo’s diet. An absence of carotenoids in its food will result in new feather growth that is very pale; the existing pigment is lost through molting.

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Stratton4 months ago

    Phil,
    I’m just wondering if pigment producing crustaceans and flamingos have a purposeful symbiotic relationship. It seems plausible being that heightened coloration contributes to mating attraction in the flamingos and the fluctuation in crustacean numbers consumed serves as natures way of population control. Just a thought. There’s always a natural balance in things, if we just look! Any thought on the matter?

  • lezvee
    lezvee4 months ago

    I have wonder that same question. Extremely pretty but not sure they would blend in with anything natural. This is a fabulous macro

  • Thanks lezvee, , take a look at Pete’s comments and my response for more thoughts.

    – phil decocco

  • ctheworld
    ctheworld4 months ago

  • DTW
    Thanks very much for featuring this one

    – phil decocco

  • Sunshinesmile83
    Sunshinesmile834 months ago

  • SSS
    Many thanks for this one, an honor

    – phil decocco

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...4 months ago

    13/03/14

  • Vicki
    Always an hone to be featured. Thank you for this one

    – phil decocco

  • Denise Abé
    Denise Abé4 months ago

    great shot :) xxx

  • thanks denise for your comment

    – phil decocco

  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparks4 months ago

    Congrats on your feature.

  • linda
    sorry I missed this earlier…thanks

    – phil decocco

  • WildestArt
    WildestArt3 months ago

  • WA
    many thanks for featuring this one

    – phil decocco

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