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What gives the flamingo the colour of its plumage?

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What gives the flamingo the colour of its plumage?
posted Sep 23 by Mridul

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Diet
Adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta carotene obtained from their food supply. Many captive flamingos turn a pale pink as they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild. This is changing as more zoos begin to add prawns and other supplements to the diets.

answer Sep 24 by Rahul Vaidya
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