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#1 Clip

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:40 PM

I have tried several times and several ways to share a photo to see if any one on the site might know what it is but have gotten error message and you are not allowed messages. Very frustrating. I upload photos to other sites and it is easy. I read the forum suggestions and tried one to no avail. I'm afraid I may have to move on to another site. I really want to find out what this bird is.

I took this photo in Aurora, Colorado. The date and time are on the photo. The bird is about the size of a Robin. What is it?

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:57 PM

If all else fails, upload the photo to flickr or photobucket, or imgur, and just post the direct link here. :)

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:00 PM

I use Photobucket, it's easy. Make sure you are logged in when you try to post the pic. When using PB hover the little hand over the pic, go down to IMG code, click and drag to the forum post. If I can do it ANYONE can. I don't even know the name of the little hand.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:31 PM

I tried to copy an paste from Imgur. I might not have been logged in! I'll keep trying! I have kind of decided it is a dove of some sort. One not typical to the area.[URL=http://imgur.com/gIR3D][IMG]http://i.imgur.com/gIR3D.jpg[/IMG[/URL]

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:38 PM

Oh wow, that looks like a VERY leucistic robin! Very cool find!

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:42 PM

And here, I'll fix the code for you. Here's the pic for everyone else.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:43 PM

I agree with Meghann on both accounts. Awesome! Welcome to Whatbird.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:48 PM

Meghann Thanks for getting the photo up. Limpkin thanks for the welcome.

It has me stumped!

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:53 PM

It has me stumped!


Meghann already IDed it for you, though! ;) You have a super leucistic (a bird that lacks pigment in some or all of its feathers) American Robin. Note the bright yellow bill, thrush-like body shape, and the black feather on the head and the red feather on the breast.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:01 PM

Cool! I have never heard of a leucistic robin. How common is it? The second day I saw it it was hanging out with a couple of Robins!

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:09 PM

I just saw this (very ugly looking, heh) partially leucistic robin yesterday.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:10 PM

Leucism is a case similar to albinism in which pigment is missing in some (or many) feathers. "Leucistic Robin" isn't a species, just an oddball American Robin, in case you were wondering. :P

EDIT:. I too have seen a leucistic robin, but the picture's not really anything worth sharing.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:11 PM

It's a genetic mutation, and it's not common at all. It's a fun find!

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:13 PM

It's a genetic mutation, and it's not common at all. It's a fun find!


Agreed! It's also sometimes caused by dietary problems or injury, I think.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:29 PM

Thanks everyone! I appreciate the input. Very Cool! I did an internet search of Leucistic Robin and got more information as well. Without you I would not have known what to look up! Thanks Again!

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:58 PM

I have now seen this Leucistic Robin 5 different times. It looks like it has made the area where I saw him/her first his/her home. I go out of my way now to drive by and and try and get a look at it. :)

Does anyone have any educated guesses on whether it is a male or female?

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:51 PM

I don't think it's possible to tell with this one. Usually I go by the head to determine gender. Males have heads darker than the rest of their body, and obviously with this one you can't see that trait.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:58 PM

Cool find. I bet you took a quick second and third look at that bird.
Thank you for your time !

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:03 PM

meghann that is what I thought. He/she does have dark speckles on the head. Kind of making me think it might be male. I saw it do a short flight the other day and it does have more red on the other side under the wing.

FarAwayEyes yes I did indeed. My husband thought it was a pigeon and thought I was crazy for wanting to get a picture.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:20 PM

I'm glad you did get a picture. I really enjoy seeing the different leucistic birds. I haven't seen one in person yet.
Thank you for your time !

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