How is a flamingo is able to standing on one leg?

A flamingo standing on one leg.

Standing on one leg

The flamingo’s neck and legs are, in proportion, the longest of any bird’s. The flamingo may stand over six feet [1.8 m] tall.

Its stilt-like legs are suited to life in shallow, salty lakes.

It even rests while standing in the water, safe from predators, and in the unlikeliest of positions—standing on one leg!

Experts say that a flamingo stands on one leg in order to rest the other.

A special tendon enables the bird to lock the leg rigidly in place, like a pole.

A superb sense of balance helps too.

Flamingo beauty

Flamingo beauty.

And a single flamingo is a beauty, from head to foot.

Consider the beak, an oblong, lidded box, turned down at the end so that it is parallel to the bottom of the pond as the head sweeps back and forth searching for food in the shallow water.

Inside, the beak is lined with bristles that keep larger objects out while trapping small, edible bits of algae and such, as the tongue pumps water in and out.

Only whales feed similarly, filtering tiny shrimps through their baleen.

A flaming bird!

Colorful flamingos.

That is how the ancient Greeks described the phoenix, a mythical bird that ended its life in flames and later emerged from the ashes.

Centuries ago, the name of the phoenix was transferred to a real bird, the flamingo.

It lives up to the name better than a legend ever could.

A flock on the wing is a sight beyond the spectacular—a whirring, honking, “fire storm” of pink.