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Saint David, IL

May 9, 2007
12:37 PM

Post #3479520

Hello all! This is my 1st post. My wife and I have been enjoying watching the birds at our feeders for a few years now. This year we have seen birds that we hadnt in the past. So far we have seen Indigo buntings, male and female Rose-Breasted Grossbeaks, Red Headed woodpeckers and Northern Flickers. The bird in question showed up yesterday and we are having trouble identifying it. Any help would be appreciated!!

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United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 9, 2007
12:52 PM

Post #3479567

Welcome to the forum!

What you have there is a partial albino Rose-breasted Grosbeak. A genetic mutant where some (but not all!) of the feathers are white, instead of the normal colours. It is a Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the basis of its structure and bill shape.



Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 9, 2007
12:55 PM

Post #3479576

Welcome to Dave's!!
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

May 9, 2007
12:56 PM

Post #3479580

It looks like a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak with an unusual, excessive amount of white feather color. Just an unusual genetic variation in color.
Saint David, IL

May 9, 2007
1:00 PM

Post #3479588

Hey thank you all! I suggested to my wife that by the looks of the beak it was a female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak but the extra white had us confused. Thanks as well for the warm welcome!!
Marlton, NJ

May 9, 2007
3:57 PM

Post #3480104

Welcome to the forum! Thanks for posting the interesting pic.
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 9, 2007
4:38 PM

Post #3480237

Welcome newridder. We enjoy lots of pics so feel free to post more.
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

May 10, 2007
9:24 AM

Post #3482461

Newrider, very interesting bird - thanks for sharing, and welcome!
Saint David, IL

May 10, 2007
10:43 AM

Post #3482721

Thank you again for the warm welcome. Hope to post more pics in the future!

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