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