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Phoenicopterus chilensis

The familiar pink color flamingos are known for is the result of carotenoid pigments found in the flamingo’s food – like shrimp.

Because they spend much of their time in water, flamingos stand on one leg in an effort to conserve body heat.  They raise their legs more in the winter than in the summer, but have an equal number of leg raises in the spring and fall.

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