“Pretty in Pink: A Collection of 84 Stunning Flamingo Photos in Honor of National Pink Flamingo Day”

In 2007, the mayor of Leominster, MA, Dean Mazzarella, established Pink Flamingo Day to pay tribute to Don Featherstone, the designer behind the famous plastic flamingo garden decorations. Featherstone created the iconic bird piece in 1957 while he was employed at Union Products. He relied on photographs of greater flamingos from National Geographic since he couldn’t get his hands on actual birds. In recognition of his invention of the pink flamingo, Featherstone was awarded the 1996 Ig Nobel Art Prize, a satirical version of the Nobel Prize.
Since the plastic flamingos were designed after real, colorful birds, let us explore them further. There are six kinds of contemporary flamingos, and most of them live in Asia, Africa, and South America. These pink animals owe their coloration to carotenoids, which are naturally occurring pigments found in the food they consume, such as shrimp, algae, and plankton. If flamingos do not eat the appropriate diet, their color fades. It takes up to three years for baby flamingos to grow into their colorful plumage from their grey feathers.
This Friday, celebrate the 10th annual Pink Flamingo Day by admiring lovely photos of these gorgeous, vivid birds.
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