There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S.A. than real ones.
Pink plastic flamingos are one of the most famous lawn ornaments in the United States, along with the garden gnome.
The plastic pink flamingo was designed in 1957 by Don Featherstone while working for Union Products, and has become an icon of pop culture, that won him the Ig Nobel Prize for Art in 1996. It has even spawned a lawn greeting industry where flocks of pink flamingos are installed on a victim’s lawn in the dark of night. After the release of John Waters’s 1972 movie Pink Flamingos, plastic flamingos came to be the stereotypical example of lawn kitsch.
In 2009, the city of Madison, Wisconsin Common Council designated the plastic flamingo as the city’s official bird.