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An Albino Blackbird which has visited us in Haltwhistle for the last two years.

Albinism describes birds in which some or all of the normal pigmentation is missing. It is most often inherited. As it is a recessive characteristic, it only shows up when a bird inherits the albino gene from both parents. There are different degrees of albinism, ranging from all white to only a few white feathers on an otherwise normal coloured bird.

A spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said: “Blackbirds are susceptible to albinism but it is still unusual to see one.

“Only a tiny proportion of the species have this condition and those that do, rarely survive for very long because they tend to be weaker and more at risk from predators. This blackbird looks like it is only partially albino as it does have a bit of colour in some of its feathers.”

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Mar 2014 - 2:40 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Vive La difference
Username:danbrann danbrann
Uploaded:17 Mar 2014 - 8:52 AM
Tags:Albino, Blackbird., Wildlife / nature
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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10497 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 8:56 AM

Albinism describes birds in which some or all of the normal pigmentation is missing. It is most often inherited. As it is a recessive characteristic, it only shows up when a bird inherits the albino gene from both parents. There are different degrees of albinism, ranging from all white to only a few white feathers on an otherwise normal coloured bird.

A spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said: “Blackbirds are susceptible to albinism but it is still unusual to see one.

“Only a tiny proportion of the species have this condition and those that do, rarely survive for very long because they tend to be weaker and more at risk from predators. This blackbird looks like it is only partially albino as it does have a bit of colour in some of its feathers.”

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 9:11 AM

What a wonderful spot and capture, Dan, I've never seen this before. Carol

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 9:53 AM

I've only ever seen one Albino bird before and that was a Peacock at Leeds Castle.

A great image so very well captured.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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franken
franken e2 Member 123271 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 10:39 AM

Interesting write up and images here Dan.

Ken

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 11:32 AM

A white Blackbird is indeed unusual, but a White Blackbird that speaks French must be one in a million.

Dougie

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 11:41 AM

Wonderful capture of this unusually coloured one. Better introduce him to my albino squirrel.
Peter.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 11:56 AM

Excellent image and thanks for the information.
Joan.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 12:52 PM

I love V2, the blackbird coming to a screeching halt. I think he likes what he saw in the albino blackbird. Was a very interesting read Dan. Never heard of that before. I'll have to check my birds out.

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Nigeve1 e2 Member 1920 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 1:39 PM

Fantastic to get a good image of this bird, Danny. Is this the one that tends to be seen around the hospital grounds? There was another around there last year which had much less white plumage which I saw once at a distance but I have not seen this one.

I think it may be a Leucistic rather than Albino Blackbird, the following link is interesting.

http://birding.about.com/od/identifyingbirds/a/leucism.htm


There seems to be some confusion in this area though with albinism, partial albinism and leucism sometimes being used interchangably.

Nigel

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danbrann e2 Member 10497 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 1:53 PM


Quote: Fantastic to get a good image of this bird, Danny. Is this the one that tends to be seen around the hospital grounds? There was another around there last year which had much less white plumage which I saw once at a distance but I have not seen this one.

I think it may be a Leucistic rather than Albino Blackbird, the following link is interesting.

http://birding.about.com/od/identifyingbirds/a/leucism.htm


There seems to be some confusion in this area though with albinism, partial albinism and leucism sometimes being used interchangably.

Nigel

Thanks fr that info Nigel. I am not up on my bird life and I think you could very well be correct. I photographed this bird in the Hospital grounds last week. It hoped around all day about one yard behind the black bird. A few people seem to think this is the one thta showed last year and was seen a lot in the co op carpark
Danny

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 2:26 PM

You could have knocked me down with a feather Danny,
with your informative information here.
This is all news to me about a blackbird being Albino.
You are not just a pretty face then !!
Good shots.
Mick.

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 441 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 4:52 PM

Unusual and very interesting!

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17 Mar 2014 - 6:44 PM

great shots and brilliant write up

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8319 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 6:57 PM

Great find I am rather taken by V2 but like both, good on ya for ID as I would have wondered

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17 Mar 2014 - 7:10 PM


Quote: Thanks fr that info Nigel. I am not up on my bird life and I think you could very well be correct. I photographed this bird in the Hospital grounds last week. It hoped around all day about one yard behind the black bird. A few people seem to think this is the one thta showed last year and was seen a lot in the co op carpark
Danny

Thanks Danny, I will keep an eye out for it when I am up there on lunchtimes. The one I saw at a distance last year did not seem to have as much white plumage as this one, but it was not a good view.

Nigel

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
17 Mar 2014 - 7:39 PM

I guess that they have rename it as whitebird

Peter

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Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 - 9:34 PM

Great shot Dan of such an unusual bird. Cathy

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18 Mar 2014 - 6:37 AM

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