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Rare black flamingo takes break in Cyprus wetland

April 9, 2015

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Bird enthusiasts and ordinary folks alike have caught a glimpse of a rare treasure on this east Mediterranean island: a black flamingo amid a flock of birds taking a break from their trek back to summer breeding grounds.

The bird stood in sharp contrast among others of its kind in a salt lake near the southern coastal town of Limassol on Thursday.

Martin Hellicar, with the conservation group BirdLife Cyprus said that although black flamingos aren’t all that unusual around the world, it’s the first time that one has been spotted in Cyprus in recent memory.

Hellicar said the bird is most likely migrating to its breeding area in nearby Turkey after spending the winter elsewhere and has stopped at the salt lake to feast on brine shrimp.