The news that the locals in the vicinity of Shida have noticed a white bird of prey for years has attracted the attention of members of the Society for the Protection and Study of Birds of Serbia.
On Friday, June 11, Natasa Tomic and Marko Sciban visited the surroundings of the village of Sot in order to check those allegations. Luckily, the researchers were served at the end of the field trip.
“We headed towards the vehicle and a moment before we left the location, a completely white bird of prey appeared above our heads. Based on the size, body shape and behavior, we found that it is a mouse (Buteo buteo), otherwise the most common bird of prey in Serbia. The snow-white beauty flew out of the forest, circled above us and disappeared high in the sky, flying towards the sun “, explains Marko Šćiban from the Society for the Protection and Study of Birds of Serbia.
During more than a century of bird research in Serbia, the mouse of such completely white feathers has not been photographed, so these are the first recordings of this rare phenomenon in our country. Ornithologists believe that this bird has a rare disorder of feather coloring known as complete leukemia, which is a lack of black pigment, melanin in the body. This disorder of coloration of individuals that are not naturally white as swans or herons generally reduces their ability to survive in the wild. However, the locals have been meeting the white bear from the area of Sota for two years, which indicates that it successfully resists all challenges.
Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.
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