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Old Apr 6, 2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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Default Unusual RW Blackbird

I have never seen this before.
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Old Apr 7, 2011, 5:32 PM   #2
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Do you mean the colour of the head on this tri colour blackbird?
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Old Apr 7, 2011, 8:39 PM   #3
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This Redwing Blackbird is leucistic. Leucism is the abnormal reduction of pigmentation - it may be partial or complete. It can occur regularly, but is not common. This condition has incorrectly been called "partial albinism", which is incorrect because albinism is the total absence of pigmentation.


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This Redwing Blackbird is leucistic. Leucism is the abnormal reduction of pigmentation - it may be partial or complete. It can occur regularly, but is not common. This condition has incorrectly been called "partial albinism", which is incorrect because albinism is the total absence of pigmentation.


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Do you know if birds or wildlife with this condition are shunned by their peers ?
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Old Apr 10, 2011, 4:35 PM   #5
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Do you know if birds or wildlife with this condition are shunned by their peers ?
I don't believe so, but if conspicuous enough, it could make them more attractive to predators.
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Thanks for the information, he has been hanging around my feeders for the last few days.
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