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🦩 Flamingo emoji

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What does 🦩 Flamingo emoji mean?

Depicting a flamingo and its distinctly pink plumage and posture, the Flamingo emoji 🦩 is used to represent the colorful bird in various contexts. It may also be used for content associated with the tropics, such as summer fun by the pool.

Also, the Flamingo emoji 🦩 is used with other animal emoji to honor UN World Wildlife Day, which is on March 3.

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Where does 🦩 Flamingo emoji come from?

Flamingos are beautiful wading birds found in the tropical Americas, with two species found in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Their distinctive pink hue comes from the bacteria and beta-carotene they get from the food they eat, including shrimp. The brighter the flamingo, the healthier the bird.

The name flamingo entered into English in the 1560s. It comes from Spanish and Portuguese names for the bird, flamengo. The names are ultimately rooted in the Latin flama (“flame”), though it’s traditionally said to be in reference to the Flemings, a people in modern-day Belgium historically known for their ruddy complexion, apparently.

As might be expected, the Flamingo emoji 🦩 depicts the pink, long-necked bird. Added in 2019 under Unicode 12.0, current versions show the flamingo standing with one leg tucked up, as is its habit (although biologists don’t completely understand why the birds do this).

Examples of 🦩 Flamingo emoji

When you live in the Caribbean with a flamingo called Bob 🦩
@bbcworldservice, February 21, 2019
Better make room on your half-term itinerary because we're opening for a brand new season on the 16th February! It's going to be as fabulous as a flamboyance of flamingos 🦩 ...
@Longleat, February 6, 2019

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Who uses 🦩 Flamingo emoji?

Obviously, people use the Flamingo emoji 🦩 to represent real flamingos …

… as well as plastic flamingos, both in form of lawn ornaments and pool floats and toys.

Pictures of items with flamingos on them, from cakes to T-shirts, may also be illustrated with the Flamingo emoji 🦩 on social media.

The Flamingo emoji 🦩 also appears in posts about trips to tropical locations, particularly Florida—which is known for its flamingos. The tropics are also associated with heat and vacations, so expect the Flamingo emoji 🦩 to take flight in those contexts as well.

On a more serious note, the Flamingo emoji 🦩 is used along with other animal emoji to honor animals and plants, their livelihood, and their conservation on UN World Wildlife Day, which falls on March 3 each year.

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