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Why are flamingos pink?

Asked by Protagoras (135points) January 14th, 2008

It seems that flamingos are one of the only pink animals. Why is that? And what causes the pink color?

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sjg102379's avatar

Flamingos are pink because of their diet, which is high in beta carotine.

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

They’re pink so that we could have tacky plastic pink flamingos. Can you imagine how silly we’d seem if we had plastic pink flamingos when real flamingos were, say, brown?

gooch's avatar

so we can flock yards with plastic pink flamingos to raise money during breast cancer month

Bri_L's avatar

Flamingos are pink? Wait Are those the birds or the dancers?

ipsskunk's avatar

they eat pink wafers!!

MaryW's avatar

The food flamingos eat that contain the carotenoid pigments (like beta-carotene in carrots and lycopene in watermelon) are the blue-green algae and small crustaceans who eat algae.

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