Fire Birds of the Tropical Zone

Amazing Flamingos are one of Planet Earth’s Most Famous Birds

by Deshi Bias, age 11

            Flamingos are amazing creatures. They have a lot of physical characteristics that make them unique.
            Flamingos are very beautiful animals. They are known for their natural pink color. A flamingo’s color depends on what it eats. The bright pink or reddish color is from eating food such as algae and shrimp. Their color also depends on where they live. For example, in South America flamingos have pinkish-white feathers and in the Caribbean area they have coral-red feathers. These amazing creatures can be found in the Henry Vilas Zoo for everyone to see.
            Most flamingos live in South America, India and Africa near shallow lakes and rivers. Flamingos build nests that look like domes made of mud. In a shallow hole at the top of their nest, the female flamingo will lay one egg that takes 30 days to hatch. Both the male and female flamingos will take turns sitting on the egg.
            Flamingos have features that help them fly and run. These birds have long legs and necks that stretch far out. They can run on water because they have webbed feet that help them gain speed while leaping into the air.               
            Flamingo’s favorite foods are shrimp, shrill, and plant like algae. A flamingo uses its beak like an ice cream scooper to scoop up its food. Their special beaks work like a filter to separate muddy water from food.

[Source: National Geographic]

Wow! Great to find a post with such a clear measgse! – EssenceWow! Great to find a post with such a clear measgse! (2014-01-07 07:04)
Name
Location
Email
Comment