10/26/2010 03:58 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Flamingos Apply Natural Make-Up To Their Feathers To Attract Mates: Study

Flamingos apply natural make-up to their feathers to stand out and attract mates, according to a new study by Juan Amat, from the Estacion Biologica de Donana in Seville, Spain, and colleagues. Their research is the first to demonstrate that birds transfer the colour pigments (carotenoids) from the secretions of their uropygial gland for cosmetic reasons.

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