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The Yucatan Peninsula is home to one of the largest populations of flamingos in the western hemisphere. Some of them live in the fishing village of Celestun on the western shore of the peninsula. Others are a little further north in the small town of Sisal. Still others are at Ria Lagartos Biosphere at the northeast corner of the peninsula.

Flamingos are some of God’s most unique creatures with their pink plumes and gangly legs. They are one of only two bird species in the world who share this vivid color. One type of flamingo from South America, called James’s Flamingo, has a very interesting mating dance. Watch the video below.

Flamingos are pink or orange or white depending on what they eat. Flamingos eat algae and crustaceans that contain pigments called carotenoids. For the most part, these pigments are found in the brine shrimp and blue-green algae that the birds eat.

Enzymes in the liver break down the carotenoids into the pink and orange pigment molecules deposited in the feathers, bill, and legs of the flamingos. Flamingos that eat mostly algae are more deeply colored than birds that eat the small animals that feed off of algae.

People eat foods containing carotenoids, too. Examples include beta-carotene in carrots and lycopene in watermelon, but most people do not eat enough of these compounds to affect their skin color. about.com – why are flamingos pink?

What sets the flamingo apart from other birds is its distinct color which comes from what it consumes …….. what is inside. What sets a Christian apart from other people is what they consume ……….. what is inside. They consume the Word of God and it changes them from the inside out. It permeates and colors every aspect of their lives; their thoughts, words, and actions.

Matthew 4:4 (NIV)

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

As we start a new day, let’s consider what we consume and how it changes us. Feed heavily on the Word of God.

All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com