What marks a flamingo pink?
the red algea it eats
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Pink Flamingos Flamingos are pink because of the food they eat, which is shrimpand algae. Additional Input . It's not the the color of the food that makes the flamingopink,… but the chemicals inside. . Flamingos are pink if they have a lot of food containing betacarotene in their diet (i.e shrimp). . The coloring is actually a derivative of a class ofplant-produced compounds called carotenoids-that is, carotene andits chemical cousins. Flamingoes in the wild eat shrimp, which ispink. The flamingo body may not process other colorful chemicalsthe way it processes carotene. Often times when flamingos are fedat a zoo, their diets are much different than their diet would bein the wild. Flamingoes in the wild eat shrimp, which is pink.Therefore flamingos in a zoo habitatand that aren't fed shrimp losetheir pink color, so zookeepers must add food coloring to thefood! . The depth and shade of their pink depends on how much suitablecarotenoid they eat. In order to have flamingoes that remain pinkin captivity, various colouring agents are fed to them; normallythe same agents that are fed to farmed salmon so they have pinkmeat. . This answer is completely wrong! I'm pretty sure shrimps do notcontain beta carotene. Beta carotene is an orange (not pink)pigment found in carrots and is a precursor to vitamin A. WhereasAstaxanthine is a pink pigment produced by plants and algae. It isAstaxanthine that give Flamingos their pink color. When shrimps eatalgae the astaxanthine contained in them is incorporated into theirchitin shell. When the Flamingos eat the shrimps the flamingos thenincorporate the pigment into their feathers. Incidentally this isalso why the meat or muscle of an adult wild salmon is pink. Farmedsalmon raised on meal lacking the pigment have white appearingmuscle. This is also why when you cook shrimp or lobster or crabthey turn bright pink to red in color. Shrimps and lobsters don'tlook pink at first due to proteins in the shell obscuring thepigment. When the protein is denatured (cooked) it reveals thewonderful color. This is also true of the leaves of fall. When thegreen chlorophylls in the leaves are destroyed the reds and orangesand yellows of fall are revealed in their splendor! What about pinkyou say? I'll explain this next. . Both astaxanthine and beta carotene are Carotenoids, a group ofpigment molecules produced by plants and algae that range in colorfrom yellow to red (the leaves of fall). They help absorb light andpass the energy to chlorophyll. They can be divided into twogroups, xanthophylls and carotenes. The former containing oxygenand the later lacking. The coloration of these molecules is due tothe length of their carbon chain with alternating single and doublebonds, called conjugation. This chain absorbs light of variouscolors (energies). The more highly conjugated or the longer thechain the more red the pigment looks. The shorter the chain themore yellow the pigment. Changing the length changes the lightabsorption spectrum and therefore the color. Vitamin A (retinol)alpha and beta carotene, lycopene, and lutien are all vitamins andantioxidants as well as Carotenoids. . Although the explanation of the caratinoids above is right onthe money, its important to note FLAMINGOS ARE NOT PINK BECAUSETHEY EAT SHRIMP! Flamingos are pink because the things they eathave those pigments in them. True, flamingos do eat whats called agrass shrimp, but most of their diet is made up of diatoms andalgae. In fact, most species of flamingo can't eat anything biggerthan microscopic organisms. So to say that a flamingo is pink justbecause of shrimp is like saying humans grow healthy and strongbecause we drink milk. Yes, milk does help us do that, but it is avery small part of a diverse diet that we consume everyday. Also,the feathers are only temporarily that color, not stained pink. Ifa feather comes off, than it will return to its original whitecolor while laying on the ground over time. . flamingo chicks hatch a smokey grey color, which eventuallylightens and turns pink when they lose their down.Flamingoes arepink because they eat shrimp rich in a pink protein which builds upin the birds feathers. Much like when you eat lots of carrots andyou turn orange, or when you put a white flower in red water andthe flower turns red. The phytoplankton that their food eats gives color to theirfeathers.
the pink flamingo represents trashyness and is seen to be tasteless by some who are less informed. This is completely wrong as well, my friend. People need to become more info…rmed as far as Flamingos go. The Flamingo represents grace and poise. Look it up. um, yeah but plastic flamingos are so often placed on front lawns that they're about as tasteful as those "a touch of class" license plates with a rose. Look it up flamingo lover.
Flamingos are pink because of small bacteria that live in water which the Flamingos eat. Baby Flamingos are grey and gain their colour later on. Not bacteria. It's a substanc…e in the algae and tiny shrimp that they feed on which gives them the pink color.
No. The pink color is because of its genetics or something dealing with their DNA.
The flamingos feathers are pink because the eat shrimp the more shrimp they eat the darker ther feathers are.
yes. No they're not.... they are born grey and turn pink as they mature
They can grow up to 2 metres tall.
They're pink because of the food they eat.
The (some say tacky) plastic pink flamingoes that are used as lawn ornaments were invented in 1957.
Yes they are... That is why you also see very light pink ones closer to the sea. They have alot of salt in there diet so it lessens the pink pigment of the feathers.
Flamingos are pink or orange or white depending on what they eat. Flamingos eat algae and crustaceans that contain pigments called carotenoids . For the most part, these pigm…ents are found in the brine shrimp and blue-green algae that the birds eat. Enzymes in the liver break down the carotenoids into the pink and orange pigment molecules deposited in the feathers, bill, and legs of the flamingos. Flamingos that eat mostly algae are more deeply colored than birds that eat the small animals that feed off of algae. Captive flamingos are feed a special diet that includes prawns (a pigmented crustacean) or additives such as beta-carotene or canthaxanthin, otherwise they would be white or pale pink. Young flamingos have gray plumage that changes color according to their diet.