Flamingoes are a lovely bird. Especially pink ones. I can’t think of many pink birds, especially around here We got red, and blue and yellow but no pink. Flamingoes get their color from the food they eat. Food such as diatoms, algae, tiny mollusks and crustaceans.

Flamingoes are not native to this area but many people keep them as pets. I see them often standing in people’s yards. Most flamingo owners know about the pink thing and buy special food for them. But some just let them graze on whatever they find. What they eat becomes their pigment. I live in a pretty conservative area and see a lot of these.

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