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Old Nov 28, 2008, 7:19 PM   #11
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Hi FL,¬*¬*¬*That looks to me like an albino house finch.¬*I did some Googling and discovered that, whereas partial albino house finches¬*are not uncommon, pure albino ones are quite rare.¬* Perhaps our friend Penolta can comment?¬* Lovely photos by the way!¬*¬*¬*¬* Cheers,¬* Dan¬*
Hi, fishguy, Thank you so much, I appreciate your comments.

I too think it is a finch after doing more research. It made two appearances.
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Old Nov 28, 2008, 7:35 PM   #12
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"Yes, it is an albino. The pink feet - and if more visible - pink/red iris indicate a total lack of pigment, which defines an albino. Although the term is widely used for incompletely pigmented individuals, technically there is no such thing as a "partial" albino - either it is or it isn't. :-?

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Penolta, Hi, Thank you so much for the great information and compliment, much appreciated. It is very common to see an albino finch? I had not seen one before.
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Old Nov 28, 2008, 9:38 PM   #13
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Is it very common to see an albino finch? I had not seen one before.
It is not common. Albino individuals are conspicuous and attract predators more readily. Also those of species that rely on color patterns for recognition are less likely to mate. They are also sensitive to bright light and the effects of overexposure to UV radiation. Even though the trait effectively is lethal, it is hereditary and it keeps cropping up because the gene can be carried by otherwise normal looking individuals. If two such carriers should mate, some of their offspring could get only the abnormal genes and would exhibit the trait.
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Interesting and informative discussion. Really nice set of photos of an interesting bird.

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Old Nov 29, 2008, 6:21 AM   #15
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Great find, and great photos.

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Excellent find flutelady! Great pictures too!...cheers...Don
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Old Nov 29, 2008, 10:10 PM   #17
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wow. how crazy is that. quite a unique specimen you captured. you should play the lottery this week. might i also say that you photographed the specimen quite beautifully too. the colorful fall foliage makes an interesting juxaposition to the totally white bird. nice job.

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great pics, fl. what an interesting 'find'. i never thought about birds being albino.

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Great find, and great photos.

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Trigger, Thank you so much.
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Interesting and informative discussion.¬* Really nice set of photos of an interesting bird.

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Trojansoc, Thank you for your comments, much appreciated.
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