A recent study revealed that, much like humans, flamingos make long-lasting friendships and relationships.
The study, published in the journal of Behavioural Processes, went into depth on flamingos and how they bond with others. The study lead, Paul Rose, a behavioural ecologist at the Univerity of Exeter, wanted to investigate the relationships that flamingos form with their mates and friends, so he did just that.
What he found was that flamingos take their relationships very seriously. Regardless of if the relationship is romantic or platonic, flamingos are in it for life.
According to the study, Rose studied flamingos from Caribbean, Chilean, Andean, and other flocks at Gloucestershire’s Wildfowl and Wetlands Slimbridge Wetland Centre between 2012 and 2016. During his studies, he discovered that flamingos form bonds that can last decades and display their kinship through huddling together.
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Rose believes that the relationships flamingos form is part of their natural instincts. According to National Geographic, he said, “The fact that they’re so long-lasting suggests these relationships are important for survival in the wild.”
During his studies, Rose photographed the flamingos daily and took note of which individuals huddled together. He found that some couples, seemingly same-sex friends, would do everything together and were very close.
According to National Geographic, Rose explained:
“It seems to be more about finding someone with a similar personality, someone you don’t clash with. The flocks are noisy and busy, and probably the birds don’t need more stress. Having a buddy is good for your well-being… one way to reduce stress and fights is to avoid those birds you don’t get on with.”
If you see two flamingos hanging out together, they’re probably best friends or mates for life. The more you know!Whizzco