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Why do flamingos stand on one leg?
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You asked us, why do flamingos stand on one leg?
 
Although they're not the only birds to balance precariously on a single limb, 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 . . . thermoregulation.
 
What they found is that flamingos tend to do a lot more one-legged lounging when they are standing in water and when the temperatures are on the colder side. Which makes sense if the birds are trying to maintain their body temperature.
 
You see, a long naked leg exposes lots of skin to cool temps and water, which sucks away heat faster than air. But, if flamingos tuck that same leg up into their down parka of a body, it stays toasty warm.
 
It's likely the behavior also reduces the birds' exposure to things like fungus and parasites in the water.
 
Nice! I mean, Namaste.

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What's one reason that flamingos stand on one leg?
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COMMENTS (31)
  • johnj-fel
    3/25/2016 - 02:20 p.m.

    One reason that flamingos stand on one leg is to maintain body heat in the cold.

  • garretta-fel
    3/25/2016 - 02:21 p.m.

    One reason that flamingoes stand on one leg is so they can maintain their body temperature.

  • hannaha-fel
    3/25/2016 - 02:21 p.m.

    One reason flamingos stand on one leg is because it reduces the possibility of parasites or fungus that lives in the water. I know this because in the passage it says "It's likely the behavior also reduces the birds' exposure to things like fungus and parasites in the water."

  • travond-fel
    3/25/2016 - 02:21 p.m.

    so they can stay toastey warm

  • jacih-fel
    3/25/2016 - 02:22 p.m.

    Flamingos stand on one leg because while they are cooling down they can keep the other leg warm so they are both warm and cold.

  • haleyd1-fel
    3/25/2016 - 02:22 p.m.

    A reason why flamingos stand on one leg is because when its colder outside they tend to do more "one legged lounging".

  • lances-fel
    3/25/2016 - 02:22 p.m.

    One reason flamingos stand on one leg is because when one leg gets cold they want to keep the other one out so it will stay warm in order to keep there body temperature warm.

  • kolbyd-fel
    3/25/2016 - 02:23 p.m.

    One reason flamingos stand on one leg is to keep body heat.

  • helenaw-fel
    3/25/2016 - 02:23 p.m.

    One reason that flamingos stand on one leg is thermoregulation.

  • lucasp-fel
    3/25/2016 - 02:23 p.m.

    1 reason is that there legs get cold and they tuck that same leg up into their down parka of a body, it stays toasty warm.

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