A black flamingo? Many individuals may assume that this kind of extremely unusual creature only exists in fictional storybooks and animated films by Disney. However, it was actually observed, everyone.
A highly uncommon black-colored flamingo was recorded on film at the Akrotiri Environmental Centre, situated on the southern coast of Cyprus, in a saltwater lake.
This flamingo’s unique coloration sets it apart from its pink counterparts, as it boasts black feathers due to a genetic condition known as melanism. The condition causes the bird’s body to produce an excess of melanin pigment, resulting in its dark hue rather than the typical pink coloration.
Melanism is a genetic condition that results in an excess production of melanin and is usually observed in hawks and ducks. However, it is incredibly rare in flamingos. Below is a video of the remarkable flamingo for you to watch.
As you may be aware, dark feathers can help birds blend into their surroundings and avoid predators. However, in the case of this melanistic flamingo, it does not have the same advantage. The increased pigment in its feathers makes them fragile and prone to breaking.
The flamingo’s black plumage presents another concern as it may make it difficult for the bird to attract mates during the breeding season. This is because black is uncommon among flamingo colonies.
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