Flamingo babies are born white with gray streaks and take one or two years to develop their pinkish color.
The color of flamingos will vary quite widely and some of the lighter species will even look white, depending on which of the five species you look at.
The greater flamingo, which has a very deep pink hue, is the most well known species in North America
The pink comes from carotene, a natural food color in their diet, that is found in carrots and other reddish vegetables.
Flamingos eat small fish, insects, crustaceans, and certain types of algae.
Some zoos give their flamingos carotene supplements to keep them “in the pink.”