Black Flamingo Spotted in Cyprus May Be One of a Kind Bird
April 11, 2015 11:16 AM   Subscribe

Scientists think they have spotted the only black flamingo in the world An extremely rare black flamingo, thought to be only one in the world, has been filmed on the island of Cyprus.

The above article has a pic of the bird with its wings spread. If you google it, there are an assortment of articles, all seemingly pretty light on details. Here are a couple more:

A Black Flamingo Stands in Cyprus
Black flamingo spotted in Cyprus may be only bird of its type ever seen
posted by Michele in California (23 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
/twirls mustache and hides can of spraypaint.
posted by Navelgazer at 11:31 AM on April 11, 2015 [16 favorites]


Even flamingos can be goth.
posted by jeather at 11:37 AM on April 11, 2015 [5 favorites]


jeather: "Even flamingos can be goth."

His mom's okay with the black feathers, as long as he doesn't get a beak piercing.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:45 AM on April 11, 2015 [5 favorites]


Eyebrows McGee: "jeather: "Even flamingos can be goth."

His mom's okay with the black feathers, as long as he doesn't get a beak piercing.
"

She's not his REAL mom!

(storms off to toke up in his bedroom)
posted by Samizdata at 12:08 PM on April 11, 2015 [6 favorites]


My favorite melanistic bird is the penguin. Just look at this guy, all he needs is a little wire coil coming out of his ear to look like a member of the Secret Service.
posted by jamaro at 12:14 PM on April 11, 2015 [10 favorites]


I know what a black swan event is. I'm scared to find out what a black flamingo event is.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 12:15 PM on April 11, 2015 [16 favorites]


And down the flamingo rabbit hole I go.

Did you guys know that gaming is feed offspring crop milk made up of both the food they eat as well as their blood? Or that the growing juveniles form large crèches in order to avoid predation? Or that we don't actually know why they like to stand one one leg? Also this video.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 12:18 PM on April 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


BUT WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE
posted by XMLicious at 12:19 PM on April 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


Chicken.
posted by jamaro at 12:21 PM on April 11, 2015


Let's hope no cops are out there on vacation.
posted by Devonian at 12:34 PM on April 11, 2015 [7 favorites]


Gotta wonder about it's, ummm, let's call it the bird's social life..... is it able to successfully fine a mate, or do the other flamingoes reject it for being different?
posted by easily confused at 12:41 PM on April 11, 2015


Maybe the others find it's exotic good looks hot. Maybe the black flamingo gets all the gals/guys.




(And here I had been envisioning flamenco jokes. Silly me.)
posted by Michele in California at 1:15 PM on April 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


Flamingoth.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:27 PM on April 11, 2015 [4 favorites]


I can't see what black flamingo you're all talking about, but that white and gold flamingo is amazing.
posted by oulipian at 1:38 PM on April 11, 2015 [40 favorites]


I know what a black swan event is.

I never understood why a black swan event was called what it was. Then again I grew up in Perth.
posted by Talez at 2:55 PM on April 11, 2015 [4 favorites]


BUT WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE

Chicken.

Well, there is a breed of black chicken which has black feathers, beak, skin, meat, and bones.

"Fibromelanotic" they're called.

Be interesting to know whether the flamingo is like that (its beak doesn't look all black, though).
posted by jamjam at 3:51 PM on April 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


> Gotta wonder about it's, ummm, let's call it the bird's social life

Pink flamings seen moving to better neighborhood. [/fark headline]
posted by jfuller at 4:00 PM on April 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


Seriously, mefi, seriously? This many comments and not a single reference to chocobos? For shame.
posted by trackofalljades at 7:18 PM on April 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


It know it was once a black chick, but is it now a black cock?
posted by Dreidl at 8:04 PM on April 11, 2015


Woah. My ironic black zombie lawn flamingoes just became REAL.
posted by BlueJae at 8:08 PM on April 11, 2015 [4 favorites]


I was highly disappointed to see the flamingos when we were in Cyprus. They were white instead of pink. Quite blah, really. I didn't know about eating enough shrimp and turning themselves pink.
Now when I look at pictures of lovely pink flamingos, I am sad about my pics of blah skinny white birds.
posted by BlueHorse at 8:29 PM on April 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


Well, there is a breed of black chicken which has black feathers, beak, skin, meat, and bones.

Be interesting to know whether the flamingo is like that (its beak doesn't look all black, though).


I guess we'll have to quickly kill it and vivisect it for science, then.
posted by sour cream at 10:55 PM on April 12, 2015


The pic looks like he's the flamingo of death swooping down on the unsuspecting flamingos.

The bird is almost entirely black except for a tuft of white feathers on its rear...“From what have seen on the Internet, there was only one other sighting in Israel, so maybe this is the second one.

Pfft. Poseur.
posted by Smedleyman at 10:01 AM on April 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


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