A rare black flamingo has been spotted earlier this week in Cyprus, near a British base. This one of a kind bird has been last sighted in Israel back
in 2014, and it is believed that it is the same one which has been seen in Cyprus:
These majestic birds are usually pink, a colour caused by their alimentation - the shrimps they eat contain the pigment. But it would seem that this
particular individual has melanism, a condition which is the exact opposite of albinism - that is,
melanism is characterized by the over-production of black pigment.
In the footage above the bird can be seen feeding along with its fellow pink flamingos.
originally posted by: jude11
"Hey! That guy is black, not like us"
"So what?...He's still a flamingo"
1st rule of Flamingos!
He's lucky. Other animals aren't so nice to the weirdos because they stand out. It has to do with whether or not the black/white individuals are in
an animal population that values being able to hide I think.
I know I've read that albino white tailed deer tend to not be accepted by the others.
Melanistic animals do occur. There is a small town up in our neck of the woods that advertises its black squirrels. They have an entire population of
melanistic red squirrels. Also, melanistic leopards/jaguars are relatively common.
You just hear about melanism less than albinosm, probably because it tends to stand out less.
a reply to: TruthxIsxInxThexMist
I don't know much about flamingos, but most birds are subject to periodic molting and feather loss, so it probably would have lost its black feathers
if they were painted on
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