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

In a recent issue, David Sibley described 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.

David Sibley explains what to look for the next time you see a partial albino bird.

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.

Read a preview of our February 2014 issue.

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.

Read a preview of our February 2014 issue.

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

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