Somehow it happened that a black flamingo was seen in Cyprus.
Black flamingo? Is it possible? These fabulous pink colored birds are liked by most people because of their captivating beauty. They are like from fairy tales and Disney cartoons.
But somehow it so happened that a black flamingo was seen in Cyprus. It is incredible and unusual for us to see flamingos in a color other than pink.
The black flamingo stands out from the crowd with its plumage. But as it turns out, this black has a special genetic disease called melanism. Due to the extreme amount of melanin, the bird is darker than its counterparts.
Flamingos rarely inherit this genetic disorder. More often it can be found in hawks and ducks.
Dark feathers are a plus for many birds. They help them hide from stronger predators. In this case, the feathers of the rare flamingo are unhealthy. They can be easily broken.
In addition, coloration makes it difficult to attract other partners during the breeding season.
What do you think about black flamingos?