Where does 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). On unsupported platforms, the emoji may display as an empty box.
Who uses ?
Obviously, people use the flamingo emoji to represent flamingos, real …
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… or plastic.
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— College Station Milledgeville (@CSMilledgeville) April 19, 2019
Pictures of items with flamingos on them, from cakes to t-shirts, may also be illustrated with the flamingo emoji on social media.
— Kapot (@Kapot333) April 21, 2019
For my money, one of the best logos in American soccer.
New uniforms are pretty sharp, too. 🦩 https://t.co/IZDWVAwWc0
— Chris (@tenzochris) March 9, 2019
As the flamingo emoji becomes more widely available, expect to see the flamingo emoji 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. And, things might might just get campy with it.