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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!

House Sparrow by Bob Weaver

House Sparrow by Bob Weaver
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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.

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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