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!
This 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.
Oddball 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.
Have you photographed an oddball bird? Post your shot in our Atypical Birds Gallery!