The Flamingo, Why Does This Animal Pee On Itself. By James Dazouloute


The Flamingo... Why Does This Animal Pee On Itself, And Then Just Stand There Looking Beautiful? Or at least it thinks it still is to us humans, and no matter how beautiful an animal looks to us, we can not just ignore it if it's peeing on itself. But before we discuss why The Flamingo pees on itself, allow me to share with You a bit of History about this great bird of an animal. To Begin with, the word "Flamingo" comes from the Spanish and Latin word "Flamenco" which means fire, and refers to the bright color of the birds' feathers. The Flamingo is a large pink to scarlet web-footed wading bird with down-bent bill which inhabits brackish lakes. Their color is usually red or pink. The American flamingo is termed P. ruber and the European is P. antiquorum. Also you must know that Flamingos are among the world’s most beautiful tall birds,and one can easily recognize them because they are famous for spending so much time standing on one leg. Covered with pretty pink plumage, black-tipped bills and a large downward-pointing beak,

The Flamingo... Why Does This Animal Pee On Itself? One reason could be that it thinks it is Hot Stuff, because the Flamingos that are found in some places where Andean miners live, get killed for their fat, which is thought to be a cure for tuberculosis. And so just because they can cure Tuberculosis they think they can just pee like that?

But in all seriousness Beloved, an additional bit of History about that animal is that, there are only 6 Species Of Flamingos known to men as of Today, and they are found around the world from the Caribbean and South America to Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Rosy flamingo or Caribbean flamingo is the only type of flamingo that lives naturally in North America.

Weight: 1.4-4 kg 
Length: 3.3-4.6 feet 
Habitat: Lakes, lagoons and swamps 
Lifespan: 20-30 years 
Diet: Flamingo are omnivores eating algae, insects and small fish
 

And another Crazy Fact about Flamingos is that they also sit down on land, especially during the hatching period, to keep their eggs warm. And the amazing Flamingos are known to hold their Bills upside down while doing their feeding, and they can even carry on like this for several hours a day, so they can filter out their food while skimming the water.

But I bet you didn't know that the "Pink plastic Flamingo" that you see used as lawn ornaments, were invented in 1957 by Don Featherstone, an artist who grew up and currently resides in Massachussets. As it turned out, He was a sculptor with Union Products his entire life, eventually becoming the company’s president. Then when he retired, his entire life’s work included 750 sculptures. His current house has 57 pink flamingos adorning the front yard, and you can't miss it when you drive by

And when it comes to The Flamingo, There are 19 bones in a flamingo’s long neck. It’s unusual beak and feathers are made of a tough substance called keratin. Flamingos are also Monogamous birds that lay only a single egg each year, from their mating. And if that egg is lost or damaged, they do not typically lay a replacement, and will try again the following year.

And the reason that Flamingos have beautiful pink feathers is that it is their diet that makes them colored so; it is high in beta carotene and found in foodstuffs such as algae and prawns. This is how it works. When the brine shrimps eat algae the astaxanthine contained in them is incorporated into their chitin shell. When the Flamingos eat the shrimps the flamingos then they in turn incorporate the pigment into their feathers

Kingdom: Animalia 
Phylum: Chordata 
Class: Aves 
Infraclass: Neognathae 
Order: Phoenicopteriformes
Family: Phoenicopteridae
Genus: Phoenicopterus Phoenicoparrus

The Old World flamingos were considered by the Ancient Egyptians to be the living representation of the god Ra. And that is another possibility as to why this bird thinks that it can just pee on itself right there in front of you. But Okay enough teasing, The Flamingo pees on itself in order to warm its leg, and not for the joking reasons that I mentioned above, because Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. And the reason for this behavior is not fully understood by Scientists, but some species of Flamingos have the ability to have half of its body to go into a state of sleep, and when one side is rested, then the flamingo will swap legs and then let the other half sleep, but that one leg has been in the very cold water for hours, but this has not been proven. Recent research has indicated that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, rather than have both feet in very cold water freezing up, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water. And this is again why The Flamingo Pees On Itself, not to cool off as many have told you falsely.... Your Animal Advocate,  James Dazouloute 


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