Photographer's Note

The word flamingo comes from the Latin word for flame. Egyptians revered the flamingo as the living embodiment of the sun god Ra. Romans considered flamingo tongue to be a delicacy. They can live up to 20 years in the wild and 50 years in captivity.
Flamingos obtain their pink coloring from the food that they eat which contains carotene.
They feed on small invertebrates such as shrimp, algae, insects and diatoms. Flamingos are filter feeders. They draw water into their beak and then force it out with their tongues, trapping the food particles on tiny hairlike lamella. Flamingos prefer to feed in lakes where there are high saline or alkaline salt concentrations.

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