Why do flamingos stand on one leg?

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Aside from being pretty in pink, one of the flamingos’ most famous characteristics is standing on one leg!

Nobody knows exactly why flamingos like standing on just one leg so much, but scientists have a couple of ideas. The most likely reason is that it helps the beautiful birds to stay warm and conserve body heat. Because they stand in water a lot of the time, flamingos are likely to lose body heat faster than those of us who don’t spend a lot of time standing in water. Using just one leg lessens the amount of heat they lose to the cold water.

Some other ideas about why they stand on one leg include preventing tissue damage or germs that they might pick up from the cold water they stand in, and preventing their muscles from getting tired by using just one leg at a time!

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