Flamingos are actually gregarious wading birds – – six flamingo species are recognized by most sources.
It is well known that Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. Apparently the
reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Some suggest that the
flamingo, like some other animals, has the ability to have half of its
body go into a state of sleep, and when one side is rested, the flamingo
will swap legs and then let the other half sleep, but this has not been proven. We don't know why either, but still think they are a very unique and beautiful part of coastal wildlife.