I wonder if anybody on here can assist me?
I've just joined RSPB to see if somebody can advise what kind of white bird is inhabiting my back garden.
To me, no expert, it looks like a blackbird, runs about the garden like a blackbird, has a yellow beak like a blackbird and other than the fact it is 99% white, had it been black or brown I would have sworn it was a blackbird.
Apologies for the photo quality - maximum zoom on an android phone - but it rarely stops for any length of time, never mind stopping for a bath!
Thanks in advance.
Hi Mat welcome to the community.
Yep you can get White Blackbirds, some are Albinos who have the pink eyes or you can get them that have Leucism which means you can get them with partial white feathers or all white.
If you google leucistic Blackbirds you should see some photos.
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In reply to Alan.:
Thanks for that. I haven't managed to get close enough to see if it is an albino, but from a distance it just looks like a white blackbird.
Thanks for the info, much appreciated :o))
If you have some bird seed you could probably tempt it closer.
Something to try ;o)
Hello Mat, welcome to the community from me up in the very far north of Scotland, in Caithness. You have done a sterling job, being new on here and being able to post and add photos on the new updated forum (we are all adapting to the changes in the last week), well done. Very unusual looking blackbird, whether white or Leucistic.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
If it has a yellow bill then I think that makes it leucistic though a picture of the eye colour would confirm it. I know that there is currently an albino crow in the Forest of Dean and it has a white bill and pink eyes, which is what leads me to believe this to be leucistic
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I wonder if it maybe a homing pigeon/Dove as I know some are bred especially for weddings etc, I found this for you, that may help.
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