A new discovery of a fossilized flamingo nest, complete with egg fragments, may shed light on the evolution of these unique birds. According to LiveScience, the nest was found in northern Spain and the eggshell fragments most closely match modern flamingos. The nest construction, however, is far more similar to modern grebes. Flamingos and grebes are closely related, and this discovery may help more clearly outline how the two types of birds evolved, possibly from a common ancestor.
Grebes are much more widespread than flamingos, but if you know where to see flamingos, you can start adding these birds to your life list as well. Happy birding!
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