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By danbrann  
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.”

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danbrann Plus
12 621 17
17 Mar 2014 8:56AM
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 Plus
9 196 18 Greece
17 Mar 2014 9:11AM
What a wonderful spot and capture, Dan, I've never seen this before. Carol
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 9:53AM
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
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
17 Mar 2014 10:39AM
Interesting write up and images here Dan.

Ken
17 Mar 2014 11:32AM
A white Blackbird is indeed unusual, but a White Blackbird that speaks French must be one in a million.

Dougie
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 11:41AM
Wonderful capture of this unusually coloured one. Better introduce him to my albino squirrel.
Peter.
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
17 Mar 2014 11:56AM
Excellent image and thanks for the information.
Joan.
17 Mar 2014 12:52PM
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.
Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 1:39PM
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
danbrann Plus
12 621 17
17 Mar 2014 1:53PM

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
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
17 Mar 2014 2:26PM
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.
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 4:52PM
Unusual and very interesting!
17 Mar 2014 6:44PM
great shots and brilliant write up
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 6:57PM
Great find I am rather taken by V2 but like both, good on ya for ID as I would have wondered
Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 7:10PM

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
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
17 Mar 2014 7:39PM
I guess that they have rename it as whitebird

Peter
17 Mar 2014 9:34PM
Great shot Dan of such an unusual bird. Cathy
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2014 6:37AM
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