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Underwater Camera Reveals the Weird Way Flamingos Eat


You may have seen flamingos stick their heads into water to feed before, but have you ever seen what it looks like from under the surface? The San Diego Zoo set up an underwater camera that captures the fascinating way the long-legged birds eat.

“These pretty in pink birds feed by sucking in water and mud at the front of their bills, then pumping it out at the sides,” the San Diego Zoo writes in the video’s description. “Briny plates called lamellae act like tiny filters, trapping shrimp and other small water creatures for the flamingos to eat. Everybirdy loves seafood!”

The 2.5-minute video above shows just how efficient flamingos are at “vacuuming up” their food.

(via San Diego Zoo via Laughing Squid)





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