Why do flamingos stand on one leg?
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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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Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/why-do-flamingos-stand-one-leg/

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What's one reason that flamingos stand on one leg?
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  • phillipc-jac
    2/29/2016 - 09:03 a.m.

    One reason is because the long naked leg exposes skin. When they tuck it into their feathery body, the leg keeps warm.

  • finessep-jac
    2/29/2016 - 09:04 a.m.

    Flamingos stand on one leg because it reduces the birds' exposure to fungus and parasites when there in water.

  • madisona-jac
    2/29/2016 - 09:06 a.m.

    The reason why flamingos stand on one leg is thermoregulation. In other words a long 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 fluff ball of a body it stays toasty warm. This is why a flamingo stands on one leg.

  • erinm-1-jac
    2/29/2016 - 09:07 a.m.

    Flamingos stand on one leg to maintain their body temperature. They stand on the cold side of their bodies.

  • nataliep-jac
    2/29/2016 - 09:08 a.m.

    Flamingos stand with one leg for body temperature. The other leg is kept warm while the other is on the ground, cold.

  • kyliep-1-jac
    2/29/2016 - 09:15 a.m.

    Scientist believe that flamingos stand on one leg because of thermoregulation, they think that flamingos stand on one foot more in water to maintain their body temperature.

  • tylers-2-coo
    2/29/2016 - 09:22 a.m.

    One reason flamingos stand on one leg is because of thermoregulation. thermoegulation is the process to maintain the body temperature.

  • susieo-coo-coo
    2/29/2016 - 10:29 a.m.

    It's great to have someone explain why and how flamingos stand on one leg. Scientists believe that they stand on one leg because of thermoregulation.

  • anthonys-coo
    2/29/2016 - 10:31 a.m.

    I know why they stand on one leg so they can stay warm. I always thought they stand on one leg to give the other leg a rest.

  • mackenzieb-coo
    2/29/2016 - 10:34 a.m.

    I think that it is cool how they stand on one leg. I think that if they did not stand on one leg I don't think people would think they are as cool.

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