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Leucistic Red Kite

By barnowl
I have put this up more for interest than anything. It is a genetic variation of the Red Kite which is much paler then normal. It is not an albino as it still has normal coloured eyes. They are called Leucistic. As you can see this one is not that much different underneath than normal but is much lighter on top. They can be almost completely white. This particular bird is last years chick. They tend to be driven off by other birds and this one did better after the initial frenzy had died down a bit.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Douglas_George, mohikan22, flowerted and 17 more

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Comments


17 Dec 2007 12:47PM
Wow what a wonderful capturethey look like they posed for the shot well done.

Dougie

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mohikan22 12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2007 12:52PM
beautiful shot. Grin
the sunlight hitting the top of the wings makes the difference Grin
matt.
Barbaraj 9 450 England
17 Dec 2007 2:45PM
Well composed and side by side.
fishy2 8
17 Dec 2007 4:28PM
stunning capture ...
Grim1 9 49 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2007 8:28PM
Very interesting - thanks for posting. We have a half-white female chaffinch with a similar genetic variation, who visits our garden occasionally. She's fully integrated into a flock of 'regular' chaffinches.

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