They captivate us with their brilliant color, elegant legs and unique one-legged stance.
Posted July 11, 2014.
Photo by Ray Watt.
Scientists think that flamingos stand on just one leg to help regulate their body temperature. These wading birds spend most of their time with their legs in water, even while resting. By pulling one leg above the water, they lose less body heat.
Long, sturdy legs are hard to come by, though. Exercise is important for flamingo chicks, whose characteristic legs begin telescoping as soon as they hatch. To help ensure that the BioPark’s new flamingo chicks