Romanian birdwatchers spot rare flamingos in Danube delta

Romanian bird watchers "sensationally" spotted and photographed wild pink flamingos in the Danube delta for the first time in decades, the national ornithological society (SOR) said Monday.

Four birds were seen by an expedition to the Danube-Black Sea estuary on August 20. Flamingos are not uncommon in parts of Mediterranean Europe, but are extremely rare in Romania, SOR said. 

A migratory bird, the flamingo abandons Europe in the winter and moves to warmer habitats in Africa and Asia.

Wading through shallow, open water, the 120-to-145-centimetre tall bird mostly feeds on invertebrates it picks from the mud. Their white feathers sometimes turn pink from the reddish pigment found in some crustaceans.

Last update: Mon, 22/08/2016 - 17:33
Author: 

More from Science & Tech

Facebook to build data centre in Denmark

The Danish city of Odense and social media giant Facebook announced on Thursday the city was to host a new European...

Scientists say 2016 was warmest on record, for third consecutive time

Last year was the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880, US government scientists said Wednesday, making 2016...

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket makes first launch since September explosion

An unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off from a California launch pad on Saturday and delivered 10 satellites into low...

Apple partner Foxconn suffers sales drop amid slow iPhone 7 shipments

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology Group reported its first-ever annual sales decline late Tuesday, in...

10 years of the iPhone: The smartphone that changed everything

As the late Apple head Steve Jobs appeared on Macworld conference stage on January 9, 2007, attendees were already...