Zoo Stories from a Marine Biologist in DC
Is it a matter of who is the tallest or who looks the proudest?
I don't think height is a real draw for flamingos, but pride and confidence may well be!Head-flagging is part of an elaborate series of courtship steps that include wing salutes, head bowing, and backward preening. They do the head-flagging en masse, so maybe the ability to stay synchronous is important?
It is for albatrosses. Great shots!