1. Adult feathers have a small, delicate, accessory feather arising from the main feather at the point where the quill merges into the shaft of the feather. This is called an aftershaft.

2. There are 12 principal flight feathers located on each wing. These black feathers are visible when the wings are extended.

3. Flamingos have 12 to 16 tail feathers.

4. Contour feathers cover all of the body except the bill and scaled parts of the legs and feet. They protect the skin from damage and help streamline the flamingo for flight.

5. Flamingos molt (shed and replace) their wing and body feathers at irregular intervals ranging from twice a year to once every two years. The molt is related to the breeding cycle.

6. Molted feathers lose their color.