The Dundas London Flamingo

The word “flamingo” comes from the Latin word flamenco which means fire and refers to the bright colour of the birds’ feathers. At Dundas London we love bright and vibrant colours, hence our fascination with Flamingos. Have you noticed the Flamingo on every shirt?

Flamingos are a familiar sight to most. The tropical wading birds have long legs with backward-bending knees, long curvy necks, and pink feathers.

Here are 10 facts to sharpen your mastermind knowledge of the wonderful birds:

1. There are 6 species of Flamingo – Andean, Lesser, James, Chilean, Greater and Caribbean
2. Adult Flamingos are 4-5ft tall but only weigh 4kg. This astonishing body density (or lack of) is needed for flight
3. Flamingos congregate in lagoons and eat shallow saltwater prey
4. Flamingos eat upside down so their beaks can filter little animals out of the muddy water
5. Flamingos are born with grey feathers, but eventually they turn pink due to their diet of crustaceans and plankton containing beta-carotene
6. Flamingos can fly. They normally fly at night and can fly up to 35mph
7. The oldest recorded Flamingo died in 2014, aged 83 years old (normally they live until 30 years old)
8. Flamingos stand on one leg to preserve body heat, they tuck one leg at a time into their plumage to keep it warm
9. Flamingos are gregarious, a flock of Flamingos is called a flamboyance