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Savanah

Have you ever seen a bird with leucism (partial Albanism)

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Savanah    1

I first became interested in birding when last year around July I saw a female house sparrow unlike any other. She had a very light patch on her face, her undertail was bright white, and she had wings that were mostly white with only a little triangle of brown near the tips. I didn't get any pictures at the time, I managed to sketch her. 

Well, this year I set up a bird house next to a feeder in my yard only to find it now belongs to a sparrow family. The male sparrow is very typical looking (and loud!) but the female has this very strange set of 2 white feathers in her tail and her undertail is very light. I think she light be last years birds offspring. One of her chicks (now flown the nest but still stays comfortably close) has very large white shoulder bars, larger than the average male sparrow. I've noticed a few other sparrows with white or extremely light colored feathers where there shouldn't be. 

Have any of you ever encountered a bird with leucism (partial albanism)? I wouldn't love to hear some stories or see some photos. I'm wondering how common these little genetic hiccups are. 

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Sor A. Rail    530

My first was a European Starling with white tail retrices last winter eating from our apple trees, and it came back stealing some of our chickenfeed around March this year.

My second was a Mallard with white speckling on breast in a flooded field last month.

 

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I had a leucistic horned lark on a CBC back in December, when we looked it up on google we couldn't find a single image of one. The leader of my YBC said he saw one up in Massachusetts, so it just might be the same bird.

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creeker    4131

I saw a male Black-headed Grosbeak with a white head a few years back.

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I get a leucistic Dark-Eyed Junco about every other winter.  Outer tail feathers, heads, outer primaries, etc.  Usually I'll see the bird several times through the season, hanging out around my feeders.

Sorry, no pictures. 

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Savanah    1
On 6/9/2017 at 2:48 PM, spyonabird said:

We have this one hanging around our yard this year.

 

This is such a striking bird! What an interesting one to have on video. The hardest thing with birds with leucism is having to capture their image! This video is so cool

 

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Savanah    1
On 6/9/2017 at 6:58 AM, chipperatl said:

I thought for a bit this Killdeer was something cooler than it really was.

29015521744_e25c8ae89d_b.jpg691A8942.jpg by chipperatl2, on Flickr

If it helps, you did get to see a bird that is the only one of its kind :)

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IvoryBillHope    1364

First (and only) leucistic bird I ever saw was a Chipping Sparrow that was almost totally white save for a few dark wing and tail feathers. 

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