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Pink Animals

If you thought that purple animals were crazy, get ready for these colorful pink animals! The flamingo isn’t the only animal that’s pink. There are pink reptiles, pink beetles, pink fish, pink doves and even pink praying mantises. And even very strange animals, like the sea pen - a kind of anthozoa. Our favorite is the agama. If it had a red head, it’d look a little like Spiderman. Find out more after the pictures! We also love birds with pink plumage, especially the cute little pink robin.

Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill - Photo: jo Crebbin/Shutterstock

Pink Reptiles

The Mwanza flat-headed rock agama lives in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda and can do something that even Spiderman can’t do: change color. If a male feels threatened, he is gray or brown. And those are his night-time colors too. But once he’s warmed up in the sun, his colors shine bright and bold. That’s what agama females like to see. However, only the dominant male (the leader) has such bright colors. Females have plain coloring, like subordinate males.


Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock Agama Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock Agama - Photo: Photo: PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek/Shutterstock

Pink Birds

The pink robin is a small bird, about as big as a sparrow. But only the males have such eye-catching pink plumage on their chests. They use this bright color to draw attention to themselves. The “ladies” have gray-brown plumage.

Pine Grosbeak Pine Grosbeak - Photo: AndreAnita/Shutterstock

And one more thing about pink birds: doves aren’t always gray. We were surprised to discover doves as colorful as a rainbow! They live in Polynesia (somewhere between Australia and Mexico). Their names are also pretty cute, like the dwarf fruit dove. It belongs to the fruit dove family like the pigeon in the photo gallery.

Pink-Headed Fruit Dove Pink-Headed Fruit Dove - Photo: Vladimir Wrangel/Shutterstock


Pink Mammals

Not only pigs are pink! There is one animal that we know mainly with gray color: the dolphin. River dolphins, however, are pink. It is an adaptation to their habitat.

River Dolphin River Dolphin - Ivan Sgualdini/Shutterstock

Pink Amphibians

Axolotls are small amphibians. In their albino form, they are pink.

Axolotl Axolotl - Photo: Kazakov Maksim/Shutterstock

Pink Insects

The oblong-winged katydid Amblycorypha oblongifolia is usually green, but can also be pink or orange. It’s nothing to do with their gender, age or surroundings - it’s simply in their genes. The insects lack the green pigment but have lots of pink (or orange) pigment to make up for it.

Pink Katydid Pink Katydid - Photo: fntproject/Shutterstock

It is named like an exotic flower and looks the same! The orchid mantis lives mainly on flowers (not on frogs, as in the picture ;)), and are therefore often as delicate and beautifully colored as the flowers.

Walking Flower Mantis Walking Flower Mantis - Photo: Arif Supriyadi/Shutterstock

Pink Fish

If the animal’s habitat is pink. The paperfish lives in coral reefs that are often pink in color. Should the environment change, so do he. It sheds its skin every 14 days and can then change its color.

Paperfish Paperfish - Photo: Fiona Ayerst/Shutterstock

Pink Anthozoa

Sea pens look more like plants than animals. But they are animals - they’re a kind of anthozoa. This word comes from the Greek for “flower animals” - isn’t that charming? Sea pens grow to around 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) long and have petal-like arms that they can retract. They are mostly found in shallow tropical waters, where their pink color is easily seen. Here, they use their feet to burrow into the ground.

Sea Pen Sea Pen - Photo: Knut Wester Kringstad/Shutterstock

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