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Flamingos are a unique pink bird that is often depicted in pictures, standing in water with one leg up. They have been depicted as many decorations as well as in numerous paintings. The beautiful, pink bird evolved for a reason. FILTER Flamingos feed in a similar fashion to whales and oysters, meaning they filter food from water that they pick up. They have rows of horny plates that line their beaks, like the ones found in the mouth of a baleen whale. The filtering abilities and beaks vary from species to species, but most flamingos are able to filter shrimp, mollusks, crustaceans and insects from the muddy waters where they typically feed. Flamingos share this feature with some ducks and penguins that also have an advanced filtering system of feeding. UNIQUE BEAK Flamingos also have the unique feature of having a stronger and larger lower beak and a smaller upper beak. In other bird species, it is the other way around. Flamingos also have a neck that is adapted to allow the bird to bend its head upside down in the water. The upper jaw of the flamingo is not connected to the skull like it is in many other mammals. The tongue of the flamingo was once considered a delicacy by Roman emperors as it was served in a dish with other delicacies such as parrotfish liver and lamprey guts. The tongue is an important structure for the filtering system of flamingos as well. The
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