What do caught flamingos & # 39; s at night, when their zoo or nature park is closed?
Without the threat of predators and with provided food, you can easily imagine that they just stand on one leg, napping.
But research by the University of Exeter shows that captive flamingos are more foraging and at night more hanging around during their stay than during the day.
"For many species that are housed in zoological collections, we know little about what they do once their caretakers are at home," said Dr. Paul Rose of the University of Exeter.
"Wild flamingos are more active at night and we were surprised when we discovered that the same is true in captivity.
"It seems that they have a built-in behavioral pattern to stay active.
"This research has important implications for the way we manage zoo populations of flamingos and other species.
"By offering a habitat that allows a range of activities – including some that we do not see during the day – we can allow them to behave in a natural way."
More research into night-time behavior is necessary if the welfare of animals in captivity must be fully understood, says Dr. Rose.
This study used distance camera's, mounted around the fence of a large swarm of about 270 larger flamingos at WWT's Slimbridge Wetland Center.
The results showed that the foraging of flamingo reached a peak in the evening, which means that this natural timing persisted despite the fact that the birds were provided with a full diet during the day.
Flamingos roamed most in their quarters during the late evening, the middle of the night and in the early morning.
Birds gathered in less areas of their habitat during the later morning and the middle of the day – preferring to lie in a specific place to rest and brush.
Some behaviors, such as courtship displays, were usually performed during the day.