Don’t you sometimes wish you had the flexibility of a flamingo and be able to sort out an itch anywhere on your body? When I see the dexterity and flexibility of a flamingo it gives me an OMG moment. How do they do it? Well after a bit of research, I discovered a few interesting facts about flamingos in addition to being able to reach any part of their body with their mouth!
“Aside from their pink feathers, flamingos’ long and graceful necks are perhaps their second best known physical feature. Obviously the neck complements the long legs, enabling the birds to dip their head in the water to feed. Nineteen elongated vertebrae enhance the movement range and flexibility of these necks, which flamingos twist and stretch with ease. Neck movements are prominent in flamingos’ elaborate mating displays, where males engage in “neck-flagging” and other seemingly choreographed routines to attract the best females. There’s a cost to this extreme physical characteristic, however — flamingos frequently must rest their heads on their bodies to prevent muscle fatigue.”
If you want to learn more about this beautiful bird, visit http://animals.mom.me/physical-characteristics-flamingos-8431.html.