Description Flamingos are a type of wading bird. Four flamingo species are in the Americas and two species are in the Old World. Flamingos usually stand on one leg while the other is tucked beneath their bodies. Young flamingos hatch with greyish-red plumage, but adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta-carotene obtained from their food supply. A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly colored, thus a more desirable mate; a white or pale flamingo, however, is usually unhealthy or malnourished. Captive flamingos are a notable exception; they may turn a pale pink if they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild. Many nations have established their tourism sector around their natural wildlife. This wild bird was captured in Yucatan, Mexico.