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Old Nov 27, 2008, 8:41 PM   #1
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This little guy/gal showed up at my feeder today along with some sparrows and finches.

Any ideas on ID. All that I could find is that it could possibly be a partial albino sparrow.

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Wow, that's really interesting! It's some kind of mutant, I would guess. To me it looks to slim and long to be a sparrow. To me it looks like the body of a cardinal without the crest. Now that I see some faint stripes on the belly, I suppose it's a finch of some sort.
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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 finchesare not uncommon, pure albino ones are quite rare. Perhaps our friend Penolta can comment? Lovely photos by the way! Cheers, Dan
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fishguy wrote:
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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¬*
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. :-?

Good pictures, too.
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Wow, that's really interesting!¬*¬* It's some kind of mutant, I would guess.¬*¬* To me it looks to slim and long to be a sparrow.¬*¬* To me it looks like the body of a cardinal without the crest.¬*¬* Now that I see some faint stripes on the belly, I suppose it's a finch of some sort.¬*¬*
Thank you so much for your comments. It was very interesting to watch this little bird.
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