30 Sep 2013

Think pink when seeking leaders - bird researchers

11:52 pm on 30 September 2013

British researchers studying captive flamingoes say they've found that the oldest and pinkest birds play a key role in coordinating the behaviour of a flock.

The scientists are monitoring the social interactions of flamingos to make sure the birds can thrive in captivity.

One of the researchers, Paul Rose, says the pinker individuals form a group that decides where and when the flock rests, displays or nests.