Flamingos are large, pink, wading birds. A unique feature of flamingos is their long legs and their 'knees' appear to bend backwards! The joint you see midway up the leg is actually the ankle, and the knee is up underneath the feathers. They spend a lot walking on their tippy toes. The most striking feature is their bright pink feathers that is the result of their diet of shrimp and other small crustaceans which contain the pink organic pigments. When a Flamingo chick hatches, it is white or grey in color as they haven’t eaten any shrimp or plankton yet! Luckily for our “ugly duckling” chick, both dedicated parents will be alternating nest duties providing food and protection for the chick.