It is a resting behavior. They spend a good deal of their lives in the water and can sleep in that position. As for dominant leg most creatures have a dominant side, this is more obvious with creatures with hands.

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And I am certain that flamingos don't think about it. Having worked with them for years I can tell you that they are some of the dumbest birds on the planet. You catch / trap flamingos by walking in the opposite direction you want them to go and can literally walk them into a cage.


Google seems to suggest that they do it because they only shut off half their brain when they sleep. Then later sleep with the other half, kind of like how whales do it. The standing leg is controlled by the half of the brain that's currently awake, and the up leg is controlled by the half of the brain that's sleeping.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-flamingos-stand-one-leg-180956323/


Flamingos don't have a dominant leg, neither any other bird species have. Researchs has shown us that the bird family including chickens, gooses, swans and ducks stand on one leg to minimize their heat loss, while doing that, they balance their gravity center to not fall and hurt themself.


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