- The Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

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.

Lilac-Breasted Roller Lilac-Breasted Roller
Photo: Sekar B/Shutterstock
Walking Flower Mantis Walking Flower Mantis
Photo: Arif Supriyadi/Shutterstock
Pine Grosbeak Pine Grosbeak
Photo: AndreAnita/Shutterstock
Bush Cricket Bush Cricket
Photo: fntproject/Shutterstock
River Dolphin River Dolphin
Photo: Ivan Sgualdini/Shutterstock
Pink-Headed Fruit Dove Pink-Headed Fruit Dove
Photo: Vladimir Wrangel/Shutterstock
Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock Agama Mwanza Flat-Headed Rock Agama
Photo: PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek/Shutterstock
Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill
Photo: jo Crebbin/Shutterstock
Sea Pen Sea Pen
Photo: Knut Wester Kringstad/Shutterstock
Galah Cockatoo Galah Cockatoo
Photo: John Carnemolla/Shutterstock
Leaf Scorpionfish Leaf Scorpionfish
Photo: Fiona Ayerst/Shutterstock
Axolotl Axolotl
Photo: Kazakov Maksim/Shutterstock
Pink to Make Them Wink?
“Yeah, Just Because I Feel Like it.”

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.

Pink is „in“
Birds Use it to Get Attention

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.

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 in the Genes

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 as Camouflage?
Yes, it Can Happen.

If the animal’s habitat is pink. The coralline sculipn fish artedius corallinus lives in coral reefs that are often pink in color. This fish is part of the same family as the funny blobfish.

“Look How Cute I Am!”

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 inch (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.

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