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.”