Photo showcase: Six great reader images of albino and partial albino birds

1/17/2014 | 0

In our February issue, David Sibley describes what to look for on partial albino birds. (They’re also referred to as leucistic.) Partial albinos vary considerably; they can be almost completely white or have a few white feathers among normally colored feathers. They can also look pale tan or gray. Below are photos of six oddball birds that we found in our Atypical Birds Gallery and the BirdWatching Magazine Flickr group. Enjoy!

leucistic-robinThis American Robin has normally colored feathers alongside white ones, a form of partial albinism called pied. Kathy Peck photographed it in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Partial_AlbinoAlbinoOct19Diane Doran found this pied Dark-eyed Junco in her backyard in Toronto last October. It looks similar to the junco Sibley painted for his column in the magazine.

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3713274959_dec4e696b4_oThis ghostly Spotted Sandpiper presents an example of dilute plumage, in which feathers still have a little pigment. Paul O’Toole (newfoundlander61) found it at a conservation area in Kingston, Ontario, in July 2009.

White_kookaburra_sitting_smOddball birds can be seen anywhere in the world. This stunning white Laughing Kookaburra was in Queensland, Australia. Photographer Matt Meersbergen posted a video of it flying and hanging around normally colored kookaburras on YouTube.

Leucistic-HummingbirdLois Manowitz photographed this partially albino hummingbird, which is probably a Costa’s, in July 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.

MG_0333This House Sparrow is a true albino. It is completely white and its eyes are pink, suggesting it is devoid of pigment. Bob Weaver (newportbird) shot the photo on a farm in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

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