The Rare Bird

Pink Flamingo & Pink Bird Day

Jun 23

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"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds." ~Aesop

The Rare Bird

On today, Flamingo Day, we take note of flamingos and other rare pink birds, including the Roseate Spoonbill, Roseate finch, and Pink Robin amongst others.

Bird plumage colors are a result of several factors, including either pigment or from the light reflecting off feathers. For example, bluebirds, indigo buntings and blue jays are not really blue. The color we see is the light reflecting off their brown feathers. Fortunately for the birds, some predators do not see the same bright-blue reflections as we do. So they remain protected. 

Similarly, the bright red of the male cardinal may serve to attract mates but may render the bird less visible to some predators. 

Nature has given birds their unique colorations for different reasons: strength, protection from ultraviolet light and environmental stresses, camouflage, and the ability to entice the best mates to insure survival of the species.

Regardless, along with insects and coral reef fish, they provide some of the most brilliant color displays of life on earth.

For more on the world's rarest birds of any color, click another rare pink bird, the pink spoonbill, in a photo by Steve Blandin.

The Rare Bird
The Rare Bird

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