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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.

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.

epa04700038 A picture made available on 11 April 2015 of a black flamingo surrounded by more conventionally coloured birds feeding on the banks of Aktoriri salt lake, Cyprus, 08 April 2015. Scientists claim to have spotted a rare black flamingo, thought to be the only one in the world. First assupmtions say the colour could be a result of more melanin prigment produced due to a genetic condition. A similar black flamingo had been spotted only in Israel in 2014. EPA/STRINGER

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.

“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.

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

Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!