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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 delicately 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. That 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.
 
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What's one reason that flamingos stand on one leg?
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COMMENTS (289)
  • qsims10-ing
    2/27/2016 - 06:21 p.m.

    One reason why flamingos can stand on one leg is because they can balance very good.

  • kaylas1-mor
    2/28/2016 - 11:55 a.m.

    One reason that flamingos sand on one leg...
    They do it one to keep body temperature and it also reduces their behavior also reduces the birds' exposure to things like fungus and parasites in the water.
    That's actually two reasons why flamingos stand on one leg!

  • natef-kut
    2/28/2016 - 07:25 p.m.

    I have wondered that for a long time because I would go to the zoo and see the flamingos on one leg. When I saw that word themoregulation it took me five minutes to figure out that that word was not a typo and it was one word. After reading, it all made sense to me and now the next time I go to the zoo I will tell my parents and be happy I read it.

  • kaidenm-bru
    2/28/2016 - 08:49 p.m.

    They choose to stand on one leg because it is for lounging purposes and because it cools them off when they are in water

  • kaylinh-kut
    2/29/2016 - 07:35 a.m.

    this is very cool and interesting!! I cant wait to read more!

  • kaylinh-kut
    2/29/2016 - 07:43 a.m.

    cool!! I never new that!

  • matthewr-jac
    2/29/2016 - 09:01 a.m.

    The flamingo stands on one leg in water because it helps the flamingo stay warm

  • gabrielm-1-jac
    2/29/2016 - 09:02 a.m.

    Flamingos stand on one leg to keep body heat, and it helps to stop parasites and bacteria going on to their body.

  • jailynnk-jac
    2/29/2016 - 09:02 a.m.

    Flamingos stand on one leg to maintain their body tempature

  • isabellak-jac
    2/29/2016 - 09:02 a.m.

    Scientists believe the reason flamingos stand on one leg is due to thermoregulation.

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