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Sofi
Colts Neck, NJ
(Zone 7a)

February 27, 2007
8:13 PM

Post #3231591

I was visiting the Pale Male website and saw a familiar looking bird in an unfamiliar color. It is the second photo down on the page. Does anyone recognize it? http://palemale.org/
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 27, 2007
8:21 PM

Post #3231620

My guess is: Rusty Blackbird

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 27, 2007
9:04 PM

Post #3231764

I'd say a leucistic Common Grackle. The bill is much too stout for Rusty Blackbird, and the tail has that 'v'-effect that grackles have.

Resin
Sofi
Colts Neck, NJ
(Zone 7a)

February 27, 2007
9:20 PM

Post #3231824

Thanks for the quick replies. Resin, I had never heard the term "leucistic" before, thanks for teaching me a new word. Now I am wondering - for several months I have been noticing a very pale Canada Goose that I assumed was some kind of cross, but now I think it could be an example of leucism.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 27, 2007
10:22 PM

Post #3232020

Yep, I've seen leucistic Canada Geese too. Leucism is birds (or other animals) with 'washed-out' colours, as opposed to albinism (pure white) or partial albinism (patches of pure white); there is also melanism (black), erythrism (redder/oranger than usual), and one or two others.

As a general trend, birds with colours deviating from the normal tend to be more frequent in urban areas, probably largely because predators (which tend to weed out conspicuous odd-looking individuals) are less common, possibly also because of mutations caused by pollution (not proven).

Resin

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