Flamingos have good hearing. Vocalizations are important and may be used to keep flocks together and for parent-chick recognition.
1. Vision plays an important role in helping flamingos synchronize collective displays (social behaviors) of several hundred to several thousand birds.
2. Some biologists believe that flamingos' night vision is poor, but better than a human's.
3. Like most birds, flamingos are thought to have well-developed color perception.
4. In zoological settings, flamingos recognize their uniformed keepers among visitors.
Tactile organs on the tongue can be used to examine food taken in.
The sense of taste is poorly developed in birds.
Flamingos have little or no sense of smell.
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