I think this is a mutant dark eyed junco - ideas?!junco
Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:42 PM
It was with a mixed flock of sparrows, cardinals, and juncos. The shape is junco but coloration looks like a junco dipped in white paint.
Any thoughts? Are mutations common in juncos? I don't believe it to be some other species of bird but I've been wrong before!
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:46 PM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:50 PM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:23 PM
Leucism is a pretty common mutation in birds. We get quite a few "mystery" birds posted here that just turn out to be leucistic.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:25 PM
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:38 PM
Probably seen other leuciscts before but this is the first confirmed. Not sure if it's "life list" worthy but interesting at least.
Noticed you have a link to a costa rica trip. Going there in March so will definitely check out your report.
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