A large group of flamingos is called a flamboyance. Flamingos are a type of wading bird; they are the only genus in the family Phoenicopteridae. There are four flamingo species in the Americas and two species in other parts of the world.

Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other leg tucked beneath the body. The reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Research indicates that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water. However, the behavior also takes place in warm water. As well as standing in the water, flamingos may stamp their webbed feet in the mud to find food to eat. Many flamingos like to feed on brine shrimp and blue green algae.

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