Flamingos are truly unique and special birds that capture the imagination of both children and adults.
They are mesmerising birds with long, graceful legs and vivid pink feathers. In many ways, flamingos are absolutely exceptional. The capacity of flamingos to stand for extended periods of time on one leg is among their most amazing traits. They carry out this action to maintain their body temperatures and retain energy - like they are performing a balancing act! Interesting, isn’t it?
Another thing that sets flamingos apart is their diet and the way they eat. Unlike other birds, they eat with their heads turned upside down. They filter out minute creatures, algae, and plants from the water using their uniquely shaped beaks. This is why you may see them standing with their heads underwater in shallow lagoons or lakes in search of their next meal.
Do we have flamingos in the UK?
Although we may be able to see these beautiful birds in the UK, they aren’t native to the country. They are often seen in zoos and wildlife parks, but there are a few places where you may be able to see them in the wild.
- Slimbridge Wetlands Centre in Gloucestershire is home to a flock of Chilean flamingos.
- Rutland Water in Rutland is home to a small number of Greater flamingos.
- Brent Reservoir in Greater Manchester is home to a small number of Lesser flamingos.
Flamingos are attracted to these locations because they provide the right conditions for them to live and breed. They need shallow, salty water with plenty of food, such as algae and small crustaceans.
If you're lucky, you might spot a flock of flamingos in the wild while you're out and about in the country. But if you're not, you can always visit one of the many zoos or wildlife parks where they are kept.
As your kids learn about flamingos this week, get them to colour the worksheet by numbers.