Have you ever wondered why a Flamingo is pink or orange?
Living in Florida, I see lots of Flamingos.
Flamingos eat algae or crustaceans which contain pigments called carotenoids. When Flamingos eat algae, prawns or brine shrimp (crustaceans), enzymes in the liver break down the carortenoids into molecules of color that is deposited into the legs, bill and feathers.
Flamingos that eat mostly algae have a deeper color than those that feed on crustaceans that eat algae.
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