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SeaWorld welcomes new flamingo chicks to the 'flamboyance'

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Posted at 10:56 AM, Jun 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-08 13:56:35-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — SeaWorld San Diego welcomed several adorable birds to the flock this week, well, "flamboyance."

The park welcomed seven Caribbean flamingo chicks to the mix, ranging from 2 to 11 days old, recently.

The birds have entered breeding season, SeaWorld says, and cute gray, fluffy newborns will be available to see at Flamingo Cove.

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Flamingo eggs incubate for about 28 days before hatching, according to the park. Both the male and female take turns sitting on top of the nest to incubate the egg.

Once hatched, both parents feed the chick by producing a secretion called, "crop milk."

While flamingos are known for the bright pink feathers, they are born with gray or white down feathers.

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Over the next two- to three-year period the chicks will lose the gray or white coloring and pink feathers will show. The pink feathers' color occurs from the carotenoid proteins in their diet.

Though many refer to a group of birds as a "flock," a group of flamingos are called a "flamboyance" because of their bright color.

Guests can welcome the birds to the flamboyance and learn about them during SeaWorld's "Inside Look" sessions on June 8 and 9, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.