A new bird was spotted in the Chernobyl zone. PHOTO

A new bird was spotted in the Chernobyl zone.  PHOTO


A new species of bird was spotted in the Chernobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve – the rock martin. The bird flew along the left bank of the Pripyat River to the northwest, the employees of the nature conservation area reported. “Thanks to the use of satellite transmitters, data on four new species of birds were obtained in the protected territory,” the reserve notes. These are birds that live on the territory of different countries: the eagle-grave – Hungary; Martin Delawaresky – Poland; hawk eagle (France). Martin Skelny – Europe, Africa. Mediterranean martin. Photo: Chernobyl Radiation-Ecological Biosphere Reserve “Thus, 226 species of birds are registered in the reserve,” the nature conservation area workers add. The body weight of the identified bird is approximately 350 g, the length is 36-38 cm, the wingspan is 98-105 cm, they write in Birds of Ukraine. Movement map of the Mediterranean martin. Screenshot: Chernobyl Radiation-Ecological Biosphere Reserve According to them, an adult martin has a peculiar coloration during the mating period: a black head; gray back and upper wing feathers; the rest of the plumage is white; the ring around the eyes is red, outlined above and below in white; the beak has a bright red color, often with a black stripe near the end; legs – red; the iris is dark brown; in illegitimate plumage, the head is white, with dark spots behind the eyes and on the crown. The young bird is grayish-brown on top. His feathers are light-colored, and there is a black-brown stripe at the end of the white tail. The beak of the martin is dark brown, as well as the legs are brown. The bird does not have a ring around its eyes. “The Mediterranean martin feeds mainly on fish, molluscs, crustaceans and insects that it finds on the beach,” the scientists add. This species of bird also eats the remains of the bodies of dead animals or birds. Martin usually lives on the coast, sometimes flies deep into the mainland. We will remind you that last year, after liberation from the occupation of the Chernobyl zone, a rare predator – a brown bear, which was caught in camera traps, was spotted twice there. Read also: in the vicinity of Chernobyl lives a herd of wild cows that have learned to survive on their own


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