Why Are Flamingos Pink?

posted Mar 23, 2011, 10:38 PM by Arthur Holt   [ updated Mar 23, 2011, 10:41 PM ]

On my way to pick up a member of our church for service one morning I saw a yard that had two plastic pink flamingos. I know why flamingos are pink, but for everyone else's benefit, I Googled "Why Are Flamingos Pink?" And this is the first result...


[Question: Why Are Flamingos Pink? 

Why Are Flamingos Pink?

Have you ever wondered why flamingos are pink or orange? You've probably heard it has something to do with what flamingos eat, but do you know what exactly it is that produces the color?

Answer: Flamingos are pink or orange or white depending on what they eat. Flamingos eat algae and crustaceans that contain pigments called carotenoids. For the most part, these pigments are found in the brine shrimp and blue-green algae that the birds eat. Enzymes in the liver break down the carotenoids into the pink and orange pigment molecules deposited in the feathers, bill, and legs of the flamingos. Flamingos that eat mostly algae are more deeply colored than birds that eat the small animals that feed off of algae. Captive flamingos are feed a special diet that includes prawns (a pigmented crustacean) or additives such as beta-carotene or canthaxanthin, otherwise they would be white or pale pink. Young flamingos have gray plumage that changes color according to their diet.

People eat foods containing carotenoids, too. Examples include beta-carotene in carrots and lycopene in watermelon, but most people do not eat enough of these compounds to affect their skin color.]


So, if we think about the flamingo, we see that what's on the inside, effects what's on the outside. This must be why the psalmist wrote "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." (Psalms 119:11). He too understood that what is on the inside effects what is on the outside. We don't change our appearance to try to look like a "Christian". What does that even mean? How is a Christian supposed to "look"? Well, the answer to that question is actually easier than it seams. We are supposed to "look" like Jesus. But, how do we accomplish that? By "being good"? By following the ten commandments? By giving to the poor? None of the above (yet all of the above). We accomplish this by "hiding" God's word in our heart.


John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."


Jesus Christ is THE LIVING WORD!


By receiving his Holy Spirit, we "hide" His word in our "heart". Yes, we study the word, but His Spirit also works in us to give understanding to those words we read. We CAN'T be "holy". We need HIS Holiness to make us holy. We need the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Jesus said we CAN NOT enter into the kingdom of God unless we are born again of the water and the spirit. How do we do this? Well, He explained it to His disciples, and Peter said it the plainest, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." This "Holy Ghost" that Peter speaks of is the self same spirit of Jesus Christ, the word made flesh spoken of in John 1:14. He said "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."


James said "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." (James 2:18, 26) We are not saved by works. We can not "earn" our way into heaven. We are saved by grace and grace alone. However, once we are saved, once we are filled with His spirit, are "works" or actions begin to change. We become more like Him. Because, what is on the inside, effects what is on the outside!