Why do flamingos stand on one leg? (Thinkstock)
Why do flamingos stand on one leg?
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You asked us a question. Why do flamingos stand on one leg?
 
They are not the only birds to balance carefully on a single limb. But, flamingos are probably the best known for this yoga-like pose.
 
Researchers have been scratching their heads trying to figure out the reason behind this soloed stance. And now they think they have an answer. It is thermoregulation.  
 
What they found is that flamingos tend to do a lot more one-legged lounging. Especially when they are standing in water. And when the temperatures are on the colder side.  Which makes sense if the birds are trying to hold on to their body temperature.
 
A long naked leg exposes lots of skin to cool temps and water. That sucks away heat faster than air. But flamingos can tuck that same leg up into their down parka of a body. This keeps it toasty warm.
 
It is likely the behavior also reduces the birds' exposure to things like fungus and parasites in the water.
 
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COMMENTS (50)
  • leemania-jac-jac
    2/29/2016 - 09:07 a.m.

    They do this to keep their body heat which keeps them toasty.

  • cadenf-bru
    2/29/2016 - 02:42 p.m.

    According to the article "flamingos do a lot of one leg standing especially in the water". They stand one one leg in the water because they have bare skin. So they bring there other foot up and put in there fur to keep it "nice and toasty" according to the article. This is one reason why flamingos stand on one leg and there is a lot more about flamingos.

  • isaiah-hym
    3/01/2016 - 12:04 p.m.

    Flamingos stand on one leg to keep the other one warm.

  • curth-sch
    3/01/2016 - 12:56 p.m.

    main idea:Researchers have been scratching their heads trying to figure out why flamingos stand on one leg.


    fact one:Flamingos are not the only bird to balance carefully on a single limb.


    fact two:What they found is that flamingos tend to do a lot more one legged lounging.Especially when they are standing in water.


    fact three:A long naked leg exposes lots of skin to cool temps and water.that sucks away heat faster than air.But flamingos can tuck that same leg up into their down parka of a body.

  • madelenc-sch
    3/01/2016 - 12:58 p.m.

    one reason that flamingos stand in one leg is because it can keep them toasty and warm and with 2 legs make flamingos cold

  • mattl-bel
    3/01/2016 - 01:58 p.m.

    So they dont lose body heat.

  • lindsayt-bel
    3/01/2016 - 01:59 p.m.

    One reason flamingos stand on one leg is for better balance.

  • silverc-bel
    3/01/2016 - 01:59 p.m.

    To keep there leg warm.

  • elliew-bel
    3/01/2016 - 01:59 p.m.

    To keep warm.

  • tylerr2-bel
    3/01/2016 - 02:00 p.m.

    So they don't freeze, and to stay warm.

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