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Five Fabulous Flamingos for Your Collection
Pink Flamingos for Your Yard
Why are pink flamingos so fabulous?
I think pink flamingos are fabulous. I collect them and I always like to add a few to my collection. I did a search to find some absolutely fabulous flamingos for collectors.
Pink flamingoes are fabulous because they are pink. There are not very many pink creatures in the animal kingdom.
Flamingos are fabulous because they are so graceful. They often balance on one of their long spindly legs as they raise the other leg, bent at the knee forming a triangle with their body. It reminds me of a society lady extending her pinky finger when lifting a cup of tea to her lips.
Their long necks are also graceful, often posed in an “S” shape. Sometimes two flamingos will entwine their necks. It looks like a loving gesture.
Their faces are beautiful with button eyes and curved black bills. The black contrasts so sharply with their pink coloring.
And did I mention they are pink? What’s not to like?
Two Flamingos (real ones)
Some interesting flamingo factoids:
Flamingos are the national bird of the Bahamas.
The ancient Egyptians considered flamingos to be the living representation of Ra, the sun god.
In ancient Rome, the tongues of flamingos were considered a delicacy.
Andean miners killed flamingos for their fat because they believed it could cure tuberculosis.
What about real flamingos?
I don’t have any real flamingos, but I do love to spend time with them when I am at a zoo or nature preserve. They are so beautiful to watch.
Flamingos are a type of wading bird (genus Phoenicopterus). They are born white or grey, but turn pink, orange, or red because of the shrimplike crustaceans and the beta-carotene laden bacteria and algae that they feed upon. (The more beta-carotene in their diet, the darker their color.)
Flamingos are very social birds--they live in large colonies which sometimes include thousands of birds. They engage in synchronized mating—the whole colony mates at the same time.
Another reason to like flamingos is their very egalitarian mating and young-rearing habits. They form strong pair bonds of one male and one female. Before breeding, both males and females perform synchronized ritual displays--they stretch their necks upwards and utter calls while bobbing and nodding their heads. The mating ritual ends with the flapping of wings.
The newly bonded pair will seek out a nesting site, and the male and female work together to build the nest. When the nest is ready, the pair will mate, and then take turns incubating their single egg. When the chick is hatched, both the male and female produce “crop milk” to feed the chick. This milk is made in the glands lining the flamingo’s upper digestive tract.
The young begin to leave the nest when they are about two weeks old. They will congregate into groups called “crèches” which often include thousands of chicks. The chicks will not turn pink until they are about two years old.
The life span of a flamingo is 20 to 30 years. In captivity, some flamingos can live for as long as 50 years.
If you want to know more about the lives of flamingos in their natural habitats, Disneynature: The Crimson Wing - Mystery of Flamingos is an excellent resource.
An excellent video about flamingos
Enjoy this video clip of the flamingo mating dance set to music.
Why should you collect flamingos ?
I wrote an article about Why People Collect Stuff so I know one of the reasons people collect things is because those things have pleasant associations for the collector. Who can possibly feel sad or depressed in the presence of a pink flamingo. Their beauty, their grace, their elegance--all work together to create a mood of happiness and calm.
Perhaps you, like me, I think associate flamingos with a tropical paradise. When I am feeling stressed, I can look at a pink flamingo and it relaxes me because of the pleasant associations. I began collecting flamingos when I lived in New York City. It was winter; it was cold, and I couldn't afford to go on vacation to some tropical clime. Instead, I collected flamingos. (Now I live in Orlando, Florida, but I still like flamingos.)
I like to keep my collection scattered about my house, patio, and garden. No matter where I am, my gaze is likely to fall upon a pink flamingo. Additionally, I don't want a mass of flamingos so big that it overwhelms a room. A few pieces per room are enough to make me smile. Otherwise, I might begin to feel like I am having a pink elephant experience.
I have plastic lawn flamingos and a flamingo wind chime in the yard. I have a wall clock with a drawing of a flamingo on it on the enclosed patio.
I have a painting featuring a flamingo and a couple throw pillows with flamingos on them in my living room.
I have mugs, plates, glasses, a paper towel holder, placemats, and glass swizzle sticks all with a flamingo motif for the kitchen and dining areas.
I have a toilet brush holder in the shape of a flamingo in my bathroom.
Check my closet and you will find a clothing and jewelry with a flamingo design.
Of course, I have a few knick knacks here and there also. I even have a pencil in the shape of a flamingo.
Everywhere I look there is a flamingo to make me smile.
What about those pink plastic lawn flamingos?
If you like flamingos and have a lawn you probably already have at least one set of plastic lawn flamingos. (If not you can order some from amazon.com)
Did you ever wonder about the story behind pink plastic flamingo lawn décor. It’s told in this book The Original Pink Flamingos: Splendor in the Grass by Don Featherstone and Tom Herzing.
In 1957, Don Featherstone sculptured the first pink plastic flamingo. He called his creation phoenicopteris ruber plasticus; more commonly known as "Pink Plastic Flamingo." The rest, as they say, is history. You can read all about the history of the pink flamingo lawn ornaments in the book: The Original Pink Flamingos: Splendor on the Grass.
The origin and history of pink plastic flamingos--you know you are curious.
What fabulous pink flamingo items can I buy for my collection?
I promised five fabulous flamingos to add to your collection. Here are a few ideas to get you started. I picked out some items that you can actually use as well as some that can just sit on a shelf looking pretty.
What could be cheerier in the morning than enjoying your morning coffee with a pink flamingo.When you are not using it, turn it over, and you have a whimsical object d'art.
Flamingo Cup / Whimsical Décor Item
What could be cheerier in the morning than enjoying your morning coffee with a pink flamingo? Or use it when you want to relax with a cup of herbal tea.
When you are not using it, turn it over, and you have a whimsical object d'art. I have my cup sitting on the cup-stand of the Keurig coffee-maker.
It's both practical and beautiful.
Flamingo Travel Tumbler
if you take your morning coffee on the go, travel with this cheery flamingo tumbler. It holds 16 ounces for a double helping of caffeinated brew. It is designed to fit most automobile cup holders so take it with you on your morning commute.
It also works great for after you get home and you want to enjoy your happy-hour beverage of choice. How about a strawberry frozen daiquiri or a frosty glass of pink lemonade?
It's insulated to keep your hot beverages hot and your cold beverages cold.
The outer fabric provides a non-slip grip and also makes the tumbler comfortable to hold.
Don't you feel happier just looking at it?
Flamingo Shower Curtain
This design is called "Flamingo Blossom Sun" Get the day off to a sunny with flamingos in your shower. The bright flowers add to the feeling of being in paradise.
Best of all you can extend the feeling of being in the tropics with matching duvets, shams, pillows, rugs, dog beds, and more, available separately in a variety of sizes. The shower curtain can even be used as a window curtain.
The bedroom is one place where It is OK to overdo it. It's your private space. Won't if feel wonderful to wake up every morning in paradise?
Flamingo Beach Towel
Head off to the beach or pool with this ever-so-chic beach towel.
The towel design is a reproduction of a New Yorker cartoon. The flamboyance of flamingos adds a touch of humor. The look is not just charming, but also, sophisticated.
A flamboyance of flamingos is not just poetic speech. A group of flamingos really is called a flamboyance. It is also called a stand, a colony, a flurry, or a regiment. I like "flamboyance" best because flamingos are the epitome of flamboyance.
The towel is made of 100% cotton for absorbency and comfort. It will also be great as a luxurious bath towel.
The towel is extra large--approximately 6 feet by 3 1/2 feet.
Whether you use it at the beach or in your home, you'll look and feel flamboyant.
Flamingo Figurine Statue
is lovely figurine of two flamingos with their necks entwined will remind you that flamingos are monogamous and mate for life. Won't that send a lovely message if you give it to, or receive it from, someone you love?
Notice the knobby protuberances on the bird's legs. You might think they are knees, but they are actually the flamingo's ankle. The flamingo knee is high on the bird's leg hidden by it's body. If a friend admires your statue you can amaze them with that bit of trivia.
This statue is made of cold cast poly-resin and is 6 1/2 inches high.
Great for Gifts
he wonderful thing about giving a gift to someone who is a collector is you always know what to give them--something for their collection. If you know someone who loves flamingos, check in stores and online for flamingo-themed merchandise.
The five photos above are all from the online retailer, amazon.
For more about flamingos:
I like flamingo-themed items so much I wrote a poem about one of them CLICK HERE to read the poem and get more information about flamingo themed collectable items.
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© 2014 Catherine Giordano