Scientists Find Flamingo Friend Groups Can Get Pretty Cliquey


When Tina Fey and Rosalind Wiseman wrote the quintessential line “on Wednesdays, we put on pink” as a part of their Imply Women script, I do not suppose they knew that someday it could be extraordinarily relevant to a scientific research about flamingos.

In Imply Women, this quote was delivered to the most recent member of an elite highschool clique so she would not mess up the vibe after they sat collectively throughout lunch. 

And within the journal Scientific Reviews, researchers with the College of Exeter and Wildfowl & Wetlands Belief introduced that flamingo societies within the Caribbean and Chilé appear to have cliques of their very own based mostly on persona preferences. On Wednesday, nonetheless. 

Thank god these birds are biologically dressed for the event.

“It’s clear from this analysis {that a} flamingo’s social life is rather more difficult than we first realized,” Paul Rose, from WWT and Exeter’s Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour and lead creator of a research on the invention revealed within the journal Scientific Reviews, said in a statement.

Several orangey-pink flamingos are seen here. Four appear to be in a sort of argument, two on each side.

The accomplice of 1 Caribbean flamingo helps it in an argument with one other pair of flamingos.

Paul Rose

In line with Rose, whose identify fantastically follows with the theme of this text, previous research had proven that particular person flamingos have explicit “mates” inside their flock. Plus, Rose’s work did not solely show that flamingos love kinship, however it additionally confirmed that these animals are long-term relationship creatures. Their bonds, most of the time, stand the check of time.

Nevertheless, the staff wished to be taught whether or not there was a purpose for these buddy teams or in the event that they’re completely random. In different phrases, are there sure character traits and persona varieties that dictate who’s mates with whom? “The reply is sure,” Rose mentioned.

For example, after individually observing teams of the Caribbean and Chilean flamingos, Rose and colleagues discovered that bolder birds had stronger and extra constant ties with different daring birds. Submissive birds, then again, most popular hanging out with their submissive friends. Introverts unite!

Two Caribbean flamingos are seen ganging up on another bird. Three flamingos are in the back.

Two Caribbean flamingos are seen ganging up on one other fowl.

Paul Rose

“Like people, flamingos seem to carve out totally different roles in society based mostly on their persona,” Fionnuala McCully of the College of Liverpool, who collected information for the research whereas on the College of Exeter, mentioned in an announcement. 

Notably, per the research, particular person Caribbean flamingos appeared extra prone to have a selected function in their very own group in contrast with Chilean flamingos. Although with regard to group dynamics, the researchers even noticed that aggressive fowl teams would dominate rivals and get into extra fights however that submissive birds went for a special strategy, together with serving to their different shy flamingo mates keep sturdy within the face of adversity.

“The assorted totally different persona teams present social assist to their members, for instance by supporting one another within the many squabbles that happen in flamingo flocks,” McCully mentioned.

Three light pink flamingos are seen here. Two look like they're sparring and one appears quieter and less confrontational in the back.

Daring Chiléan flamingos push away a extra submissive fowl.

Paul Rose

However flamingos aren’t the one animal we all know of forming buddy teams based mostly on non-public instinct. Chimpanzees and Assamese macaques, as an example, have the identical tendency. And past that, we all know that fairly a couple of animals take pleasure in making mates basically — horses, dolphins and even snakes have been seen hanging out with others of their type. 

In 2020, scientists even evidenced that sperm whales have candy little bromances like they’re a part of a Greek fraternity!

As such, Rose says, “our findings want additional investigation, each to assist us perceive the evolution of social habits and to enhance the welfare of zoo animals.”