Black Flamingo Spotted for the First Time Amazes Scientist With Its Color

Nature never stops giving. One recent ‘discovery’ that has amazed people is the black flamingo. If you know something about flamingos you know that they’re usually born grey when hatched and their pink color comes from their diet.

This change in color is caused by the food that they eat, which has a high carotenoid (organic pigment) content. Fully grown flamingo male birds can grow in excess of 180cm tall – that’s the same as supermodel height of 5’11.

A typical lifespan for a flamingo bird in a zoo is an astonishing 60 years, with the longest lifespan recorded being a bird at an Australian Zoo, who lived to be 83. But never have we ever seen so far a black flamingo.

In fact, there has been some reporting recently that some scientists in Cyprus have just discovered the only black flamingo in the world, but this news became a bit confusing after another black flamingo was spotted in Israel in 2013.

Knowing the fact that flamingos migrate from one place to another, yet is impossible to think that they went from Cyprus to Israel.


Image of black flamingo in Israel, March 2013. By Don Presser

Black flamingos are extremely rare, but that doesn’t mean that there’s only one black flamingo in the world.

However, the one that we are talking about can be the same one, since some videos filmed in Cyprus and Israel show the exact same bird, which is distinguishable by how they look and interact with others.

But even if this is the same bird in each sighting, it does not mean that it is the only black flamingo in existence, but until we see more of its kind, this one remains the most unique flamingo so far.

Artist Visually Compares the Sizes of Extinct Species With Their Modern Relatives

Technology has evolved and shaped our workplaces in many ways. Photoshop, for instance, helps us take a glimpse at how we want things to appear. Although flawless photography is perhaps never possible without expensive shooting gear, digital photo can give us the solution to turn imperfect photographs into professional ones so easily. It helps us to explore creative thinking and thoughts. Even though they still remain digital, they’re pretty close to reality.

To illustrate, Roman Uchytel uses technology for this matter. He uses Photoshop to show us a glimpse of things that have passed and thus will never come back. More specifically, he recreates prehistoric extinct species of animals as best as he can using the information that he has now. And it can be said that he’s been doing indeed a good job at it. Furthermore, he even managed to publish a book which you can find here.

Luckily, Earthwonders managed to get in touch with Roman Uchytel and had an interview about one of his many series which will be presented below. Such series involve the comparison of the sizes of extinct species with their modern relatives and places them side by side. It’s truly interesting how some of the species were way bigger than we would’ve thought looking at their modern relatives. So, scroll down and check out the images!

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“We came up with this idea together with Alexandra Antonova (Uchytel), my wife and business partner, for our children to know what the ancestors (or relatives) of the animals they see in the zoo looked like. Besides, I’ve been wondering myself how these animals would fit together. Everyone compares extinct animals to humans, but no one compared them to contemporaries (descendants).” said Uchytel for Earthwonders.

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When being asked if it’s challenging to come up with ideas and with the final results, he said “Of course, it’s a challenge because you do it for yourself and you never know if it will resonate with other people”.

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“It was really unexpected for my pictures to become quite viral, because in today’s world, it’s very difficult to surprise anyone. But I’m glad that a lot of people are interested in extinct animals, because one of the missions of the Prehistoric Fauna project is to starting point for an international dialogue that could help preserve the remains of the megafauna, because many animals can die out again because of humans.”

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“People’s reaction about these images was like a snowball reaction. Because a lot of people didn’t know that modern animals had such unusual ancestors.”

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