Mass death of hundreds of flamingos occurred in Turkey

Mass death of hundreds of flamingos occurred in Turkey
Mass death of hundreds of flamingos occurred in Turkey
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Hundreds of chicks and adult flamingos have been found dead in the dried-up part of Lake Tuz (Salt Lake) in the central Turkish province of Konya, prompting scientists to re-focus on the effects of drought on the ecosystem.

Lake Tuz - the second largest in Turkey and one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world - is a favorite habitat for migratory animals and has long served as a nesting site for flamingos.

Despite the fact that it is shallow and receives little rainfall during the year, its salty nature favors nesting of migratory birds. However, the drought caused by climate change caused the lake to recede, making it difficult for flamingos to find food.

Bird carcasses now dot part of the lake in the Cihanbeyli region of Konya. The birds arrived at the lake in March for the nesting period. Mehmet Emin Oztürk, a naturalist photographer who often visits the area in the summer, says Lake Tuz was "a paradise for flamingos, but now (it has turned) into a nightmare."

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