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.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Rare albino bird seen for 1st time in southern Turkey

Albino Eurasian coot (Fulica atra) spotted for first time among thousands of other fowls, say Turkish officials

12:02 March 28, 2018Anadolu Agency

A rare albino bird has been spotted for the first time in southern Turkey, the nation’s Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday.

The Albino Eurasian coot (Fulica atra) was spotted among thousands of other birds at Lake Akyatan, in the Adana province, a protected nature area, the ministry said in a statement.

The bird is normally recognized by its white bill and forehead shield.

Lake Akyatan is important and rich in terms of the number of birds it attracts, its position along migration routes, the diversity of its living environment, and favorable climatic conditions, the statement added.

The area attracts around 250 species of birds over the course of the year, according to the statement.

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