Ultra Rare Black Flamingo Caught On Camera In Cyprus

An ultra-rare black flamingo was spotted on the island of Cyprus, many believe this is the only bird of its type ever seen.

Black flamingo, possibly unique, spotted in Cyprus | Euronews

The flamingo spotted is believed to have a genetic condition called melanism which turns its pigments a dark color due to an over-generation of melanin.

“From what have seen on the Internet, there was only one other sighting … in Israel, so maybe this is the second one,” said Pantelis Charilaou, head of the environmental department of the British Sovereign Bases.

Rare Black Flamingo Ruffles Feathers in Cyprus

The bird looks completely black other than a tuft of white feathers on its back.

It was seen feeding with other normal colored flamingos on the banks of a lake in Cypris.

Migrating: The bird looked very healthy despite its unusual hue and is believed to be heading to Turkey to breed

“A melanistic individual is a very, very rare sighting … basically its the opposite of an albino when the individual produces more melanin than normal,” Charilaou told Reuters Television.

Ruffling feathers: The unusual black flamingo was spotted near the coastal city of Limassol on Cyprus by birdwatchers 

It is believed this bird is the same one that was spotted in Israel back in 2014.

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