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 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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Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween78/why-do-flamingos-stand-one-leg/

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What's one reason that flamingos stand on one leg?
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  • lucasl-3-bar
    3/03/2016 - 12:07 a.m.

    By standing on one leg, flamingos can conserve body heat. When it is cold, the article states, flamingos can tuck one leg into their bodies to reduce the loss of heat when standing normally. Thus, less of its body is exposed to cold air and winds. Such behavior allows flamingos to be comfortable in colder temperatures. The article was interesting because it describes the behavior of a very unique animal. It is interesting how flamingos act and adapt to their surroundings.

  • carlym-4-bar
    3/03/2016 - 01:12 p.m.

    One reason that flamingos stand on one leg is because it helps regulate 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." This quote explains why they stand on one leg.
    I enjoyed this article because now I know why flamingos stand on one leg.

  • carsonb-2-bar
    3/03/2016 - 03:52 p.m.

    Flamingos are best know for standing on one leg in a yoga like pose. Many scientist have often wondered why they do this pose. They now think its because of thermoregulation. Thermoregulation is a way the Flamingo can regulate temperature. Putting one leg up and tucking it into its feathers allows the bird to keep warn, maintain body temperature, and protect itself from harmful bacteria in the water. I liked the article and thought it was interesting. I never knew Flamingos put their leg up for a specific reason, I thought they just did.

  • zeusr-3-bar
    3/03/2016 - 05:56 p.m.

    To maintain their body temperature.

    I think this is a weird way to maintain body temperature

  • joiec-3-bar
    3/03/2016 - 06:54 p.m.

    People always ask why do flamingos stand on one leg? After many years scientists finally know why. Flamingos stand on one leg to maintain body temperature. When flamingos stand in cold water, they "tuck that same leg up into their down parka of a body, it stays toasty warm." Pulling in their leg also minimizes the chances of getting harmful bacteria on them. I found it interesting how the flamingos were smart enough to balance out the temperature in their body. I do not understand how the flamingos constantly balance on their leg all the time.

  • audreyv-4-bar
    3/03/2016 - 07:51 p.m.

    One reason that flamingos stand on one leg is to preserve/maintain body heat. Since a leg exposes a lot of skin, tucking that leg into their body will keep it a lot warmer. Also, keeping one leg in the cold water is warmer that keeping both legs in the water.

    I found this article very interesting to learn the different natural habits coming from animals. It's amazing how animals are smart enough to come up with these habits to make their lives more convenient.

  • gabriellek-1-bar
    3/03/2016 - 08:13 p.m.

    One reason that flamingos stand on one leg is because a long naked leg exposes lots of the leg to cool temperatures and water. In this water there is fungus and parasites, so by lifting their leg they are limiting the amount that is exposed to them. I found this article interesting because I always thought it was cool how the birds have such good balance. I was surprised to find out that by lifting their leg it helps regulate their body temperature.

  • samuelh-3-bar
    3/03/2016 - 08:45 p.m.

    One reason flamingos stand on one leg is because, flamingos tuck that same leg up into their down parka of a body, it stays warm, and another reason is to maintain their body temperature.

  • matthewp-6-bar
    3/03/2016 - 10:36 p.m.

    One reason that flamingos stand on one leg is to keep warm. This helps them keep warm because less skin is exposed to the cold water which is colder than the air. This is shown in the article by,"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." My opinion about this article is that I did not know that flamingos stood on one leg.

  • angelad-6-bar
    3/04/2016 - 12:46 a.m.

    The reason flamingos stand one leg is because it helps regulate temperature. In paragraph four it states "a long naked leg exposes lots of skin to cool temps and water. That sucks away heat faster than air. " and since

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