Do Flamingos Come In Different Colors Besides Pink?

Yes, flamingos come in different colors besides pink.

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Flamingo babies, for example, are born white with gray streaks and take one or two years to develop their pinkish color.

And depending on which of the five flamingo species you look at, the color will vary in intensity to the point that some of the lighter species look almost white.

The best-known species in North America is the greater flamingo, which has a very deep pink hue.

The pink comes directly from algae in the birds’ diet that is heavy in carotene, a natural food color also found in carrots and other reddish vegetables.

Their staples include small fish, insects, crustaceans, and certain types of algae. Some zoos give their flamingos carotene supplements to keep them “in the pink.”

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