Flamingos in Southern Spain on the Costa Blanca

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Flamingos in Spain.

When you think of flamingos, you thus connect the Caribbean, Florida and Africa. More surprised are many tourists if they are for the 1st time in southern Spain and see countless flamingos in shallow lakes. Flamingos have legs that are longer than their bodies. They have webbed toes and a curved beak.

The legs measure from 80 to 125 cm. With their feet dig in the ground, they can detect small shellfish, fish and algae. With their special beak and a long, rough tongue they can filter out edible. They only drink fresh water and their pink color is produced mainly by eating shellfish.

Flamingos are often on one leg and tuck the other leg under her body to keep it warm. This helps the flamingos keep their body temperature, as they spend a long time standing in cold water.

The Pink Flamingo, here in the south of Spain, may be about 3 kilos and reach a wingspan of over one meter. Males and females are visually almost indistinguishable. The male flamingos are slightly larger.

Flamingo chicks have gray eyes and when they grow up, they get yellow eyes. In the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, the largest nesting site of pink flamingos, is located on the Spanish mainland. Each year about 12,000 flamingos breed there.

These large birds live in colonies. Each colony can contain up to tens of thousands of flamingos. A colony also gives them security, although adult flamingos have no natural enemies. Usually Flamingos get only one egg per pregnancy, which has the full size of a hen’s egg. When breeding the parents change from 26 to 31 days until the chick hatches. Parents are able to identify their own chick by sight and sound.

The chicks are easily recognizable by their gray feathers, which they leave for 2 to 3 years, and then change to get pink feathers.

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