This spring, we are inspired by all things flamingo! Think fun prints and a variety of pinks and oranges.
Here are some fun facts about our new obsession:
1. There are only six species of flamingos, but they are found around the world from the Caribbean and South America to Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
2. The word "flamingo" comes from the Spanish and Latin word "flamenco" which means fire, and refers to the bright color of the birds' feathers.
3. Flamingos are strong but rare swimmers and powerful flyers, even though they're most often seen just wading.
4. When flying in a flock, the top speed of a flamingo can be as high as 35 miles per hour.
5. Flamingos hold their bills upside down while feeding, often for several hours a day, so they can filter out their food while skimming the water.
6. Flamingo chicks are born gray or white and take up to three years to reach their mature pink, orange or red plumage.
7. The pink, orange or red color of a flamingo's feathers is caused by carotenoid pigments in their food, and a flamingo's diet includes shrimp, plankton, algae and crustaceans.
8. The backward bending "knee" of a flamingo's leg is actually the bird's ankle. The actual knee is very close to the body and is not visible through the bird's plumage.
9. A flock of flamingos is called a stand or a flamboyance.
10. Don Featherstone of Massachusetts is the inventor of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, which has been gracing lawns since 1957.
Be sure to check out our Bud & Friends Flamingo goodies!