As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Extremely Rare Black Flamingo Spotted At Limassol Salt Lake In Cyprus

VICTOR JOHNSON on April 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm 

Black Flamingo CyprusAn extremely rare black flamingo, which very few people have ever laid eyes on, has been spotted at Limassol Salt Lake on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, the British bases indicated in a statement. The statement indicated that experts believe the bird to suffer “from a highly rare condition known as ‘melanism,’ a genetic irregularity” which causes the rare bird to generate more melanin than normal, subsequently “turning them a dark brown, or black,” Cyprus Mail reported. 

Limassol Salt Lake, also known as Akrotiri Salt Lake, where the sighting took place lies southwest of the coastal city of Lemesos, also known as Limassol. The lake is considered to be amongst the most important wetlands in the eastern Mediterranean and it also marks the largest inland body of water on the island of Cyprus.

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