Flamingos Have a Crazy Name When They're Hanging Out Together

Posted by Christy Caplan

The noun to describe a gathering of flamingos is "flamboyance," and this is such an appropriate term for these feathered creatures. Have you ever watched them at the zoo socializing?

Here are a bunch of great facts we've compiled for you on flamingos.

According to Science Daily, flamingos have friendships that last for years! Here are some other fun facts we found on their site here. 

What is a group of flamingos called?

  • There are only four species in the Americas.
  • Flamingos live in large flocks (like chickens!) in aquatic areas.
  • A group of flamingos is called a 'pat'.
  • Flamingos are known as wading birds.
  • If you're a science nerd, then you should know that flamingos are in the genus Phoenicopterus and family Phoenicopteridae.
  • Flamingos filter-feed on shellfish. (Yes, we're looking up what 'filter-feed' means)
  • It is the shellfish and shrimps that flamingos eat that give them their pink color.

It appears these birds have TWO names when they're in a group: pat and flamboyance. We hadn't heard of either before doing this research about large groups.

It's also possible to have a flock of flamingos.  How cool is the fact about how a pink flamingo actually turns pink?

We love all types of bird species and the hummingbird is our fave. Pelicans are also top on the list.

Have you ever seen a flamingo in person? Please leave us a comment below!

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Flamingos Have a Crazy Name When They're Hanging Out Together