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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. 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 (47)
  • claires-ver
    2/29/2016 - 09:17 p.m.

    Flamingoes stand on one leg to keep warm. This gives us another example on how animals adapt to survive.

  • jamie-raf
    3/01/2016 - 09:18 a.m.

    they are trying to maintain there body temperature. By standing in water that is cold they will get cold so by standing on one foot the other foot is not in cold water so there body temperature wouldn't be so cold cause both feet aren't in the water

  • dashiellg-3-bar
    3/01/2016 - 04:25 p.m.

    One reason why flamingos stand on one leg is because of thermoregulation which is the birds ability to keep itself warm in cool water temperatures. The flamingos tuck one leg into the lower half of there body and that leg stays warm. So basically the flamingos just want to stay warm and toasty. I thought this article was interesting because it must have taken years for amazing adaptations like flamingos.

  • collinf-2-bar
    3/01/2016 - 08:45 p.m.

    One reason that flamingos stand on one leg is to "maintain their body temperature." Tucking their other leg into their feathers keeps them warm.

    I found this article interesting because I have always wondered why flamingos stand on one leg.

  • stellaf-1-bar
    3/01/2016 - 10:55 p.m.

    What's one reason flamingos stand on one leg?

    One reason flamingos stand on one leg is because, researchers believe that flamingos use thermoregulation. This helps regulate their body temperature.

    I found this article very interesting because, I never knew why a flamingo would always stand on one leg. I found the answer to why famines do stand on one leg surprising due to the fact that it was based on body temperature and/or reacting to fungus or parasites in the water.

  • maggiec-3-bar
    3/02/2016 - 12:27 a.m.

    One reason flamingos stand on one leg is because of thermoregulation.
    Researchers have found that when water temperatures are cooler flamingos tend to stand more on one leg. In paragraph 5 it says, "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." This is why flamingos stand on one leg, so that their body temperature stays the same. I think that it is interesting that people actually looked into this topic and have successfully found an answer. It is good that flamingos found a way to stay warn in cooler temperatures.

  • jenaem1-col
    3/02/2016 - 06:59 p.m.

    One reason flamingos stand on one leg because they try to maintain their body temperature in the water.

  • wilmer-wil
    3/02/2016 - 08:45 p.m.

    interesting!!!!!

  • josepht-2-bar
    3/02/2016 - 11:21 p.m.

    Flamingos stand on one leg, to maintain their body temperature. "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." I think it is interesting because it shows how animals adapt to their environment.

  • sebastianr-6-bar
    3/02/2016 - 11:54 p.m.

    One reason that flamingos stand on one leg is that they want to maintain their body temperature while standing in cold water. I think this is interesting because I never really thought of flamingos as being a smart animal but this article proofs that they put a good effort into making their lives better like staying warm.

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