Why Do Flamingos Turn Pink?


Flamingoes are born grey but later on turn pink because the feed on brine shrimp which are also known as sea monkeys. Sea monkeys contain a lot of beta carotene and as they feed on them the pink colour evolves.
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Why Do Flamingos Turn Pink?
Flamingos are very distinctive looking birds. They have long legs, webbed feet, a curved neck and large black and white bills. But their most distinctive characteristic is their pink plumage; the feathers on their body, neck and heads all attain some... More »
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Flamingos are filter feeders that eat blue green algae and brine shrimp. The reason why flamingos turn pink is because of the beta-carotene in their diets.
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Flamingos turn pink at around 3 years old. They are originally gray, but after eating tons of shrimp, which contain red pigment, they turn a pink color. For more information see here
All flamingos have feathers in some shade of pink. The spectrum does, however, vary across different species. The brightest are the Caribbean flamingos whose feathers are vermilion
The pigment from all the shrimp they eat makes them pink; they are born white.
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