Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s National Aviary has become the talk or squawk of the town these days. One of the facility’s special guests has captured the hearts of many as visitors “flock” to the aviary’s Rose Garden to watch this adorable baby on the move.
She’s sort of whitish and fluffy and kind of awkward as she practices trying to be a big bird. It will take a couple of years before this beauty gains her familiar pinkish-red feathers. In the meantime, she is quite vocal with a long neck and legs and strong webbed feet. Take a peek at her hanging out here in her little cage.
This beauty is called Baby Flamingo across the internet, and people are fascinated by her curious manner and friendly character. She’s trying so hard to be a grown-up bird and attempting to take flight. When most folks think of flamingoes, they envision these tall, graceful, delicate creatures wading in low water. These birds can fly, however, and at a pretty good clip. Experts say that flamingoes can reach speeds of close to 37 mph when flying as a flock. In addition, each night, these amazing pink birds can log up to 300 miles or more flying between habitats.
When a flamingo is ready to take flight, it will run several steps, begin flapping its wings and lift off into the air. Watch the aviary’s Baby Flamingo following these motions exactly as she attempts to fly as a big girl. She can’t quite do it yet, but she’s on the right path. The National Aviary’s Facebook page has provided this sweet video of Baby Flamingo trying to take off.
There are six species of flamingoes, and the tallest ones can grow close to five feet and weigh barely eight pounds. Maybe that is why they are able to take flight at such a tall size because their body density is so light.
Science shows us that flamingoes enjoy standing on one leg, but there are intelligent reasons for this. First, the resting position is comfortable for their long, uber-slim legs, and also, standing on one leg keeps the other leg out of the cold water, so the bird can conserve body heat.
Baby Flamingo will gradually develop the striking pinkish-red hue of her adult bird friends at the aviary. This coloration to the feathers, legs, and facial features comes about as the flamingo enjoys her daily seafood diet of algae, small fishes, crustaceans and mollusks.
Flamingoes are some of the noisiest birds on the planet, and Baby Flamingo has developed that characteristic early on. She is adorable to listen to, and as an adult, Baby Flamingo will perfect her communication skills by delivering a nasal honk, grunt or growl.