Flamingos are usually thought of as pink birds, but they can display bright coral or red plumage as well. Flamingos are wading birds that live in semi-tropical habitats. The flamingo's color comes from beta-carotene in the shrimp or plankton that it eats. A brightly colored flamingo is healthier than a dull-colored one. Thus, the brighter the plumage, the more desireable a mate they are.
Flamingo Garden in Ft. Lauderdale while Jennifer was in class. The flamingos were the highlight of the park. Apparently, the feathers are pink from the foods in their diet (which include brine shrimp and blue-green algae). Their oddly-shaped beaks are specially adapted to separate mud and silt from the food they eat, and are uniquely used upside-down. (Wikipedia)