Fun Fact Friday with Franky’s Fun Flamingo Facts

Franky the flamingo pictured on a bright purple background
“The pink to reddish color of a flamingo’s feathers comes from carotenoids (the pigment that also makes carrots orange) in their diet of plankton, brine shrimp and blue-green algae.”

Day 11 of Fun Fact Friday with Franky the Flamingo!!

Franky is a bright pink flamingo in the children’s picture book, Franky the Finicky Flamingo. He appears to be a picky eater until he discovers the food that is right for him.

Did you know the fun fact above about flamingos and how their food is connected to their beautiful pink color?

Franky didn’t know that either!!

When you look at plankton, brine shrimp, or blue-green algae none of these things appear to be pink or orange or red, do they?


But, when you cook shrimp, the pink/orange/red color appears. Isn’t that cool? The color was there all along, it just needed a little heat for it to appear.

Try this experiment with your child and take some uncooked shrimp, and draw your child’s attention to its color and then either boil the shrimp or cook it in a pan with some butter and watch the color change. Then, enjoy the delicious treat you just made with your child(ren)!!

Cooking with kids couldn’t be better!

Please share this fun fact and activity on social media, so everyone can enjoy it!



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