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Tue May 23, 2017, 10:21 PM

Flamingo balancing act saves energy

Source: BBC

Flamingo balancing act saves energy

By Paul Rincon
Science editor, BBC News website

24 May 2017 Science & Environment

Flamingos expend less energy standing on one leg than in a two-legged stance, scientists have confirmed.

It may be their signature pose, but how and why the birds perch on one limb has been a longstanding puzzle.

Now, a team from the US has shown that flamingos employ no active muscular effort when they're unipedal, meaning they are also expending less energy.

A passive mechanism is engaged in the one-legged position, allowing flamingos to stand proud while having a doze.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40016816


[font size=1]The one-legged posture is passive, requiring no active muscular force[/font]

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Tue May 23, 2017, 10:37 PM

1. Alright!!

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Tue May 23, 2017, 11:01 PM

2. kinda like standing for 10 minutes

being more tiring than walking for 10 minutes because when walking you are using 1 leg 1/2 the time ... ?

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