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Partially Leucistic American Robin

Turdus migratorius

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29 Comments (1–25)

Ajwerko
Ajwerko 7 years ago

Wow!! Beautiful series!

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 7 years ago

Amazingly cool find and capture, KateCampbell! :-)

Arun
Arun 8 years ago

Awesome ..nice capture

Amber Burns
Amber Burns 8 years ago

wow cute!

Vishu
Vishu 8 years ago

beautiful bird!

harsuame
harsuame 8 years ago

hermoso

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Beautiful! The second image doesn't appear to be uploaded correctly.

Gregantula
Gregantula 9 years ago

Very nice!

keithp2012
keithp2012 9 years ago

As long as it's not singled out by a predator it will survive fine, it;s not Albino and it appears to be healthy and see fine. Great find!

KateCampbell
KateCampbell 9 years ago

Thanks Lori and Gale for your positive responses.

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

Others might find it pretty and maybe it will prove good camouflage under dappled light conditions? Maybe creating a new way to survive?

Like your distinction Lori!

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

I think she meant "ridiculous" as in "specularity different", as opposed to "deserving of ridicule". I hope he/she survives to pass on the gene(s), and found generations of speckled robins in your area. You never know, other robins might find that pretty.

KateCampbell
KateCampbell 9 years ago

I agree too - not ridiculous! Poor little guy is just extra special! I think that he is absolutely beautiful!!!!!!

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

Agree

CynthiaMHori
CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

I am not sure how to take that response- ridiculous? Not sure that is how it should be noted. Hmmm.

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

Hahaha I don't think it is ridiculous, I think it is beautiful and maybe the latest fashion for robins. That dappling looks like it might be great camo in the woods. Great you joined, heard back from them, and perhaps will enter the annals of robin history!!

Thanks

KateCampbell
KateCampbell 9 years ago

Memo to Galewhale, Lori.tas and CynthiaMHori.

I heard back from the Cornell Institute regarding our funny little friend.

This is her email:

Hi, Kate,

That is the most ridiculous looking robin I have ever seen! Seriously! And I often receive photos of leucistic birds. Thanks so much both for sending the photos and for helping support bird conservation by your membership in the Lab!



Cheers, Anne

KateCampbell
KateCampbell 9 years ago

Thanks for all the interest:) I will look into joining the Feederwatch Project.

Summer
Summer 9 years ago

It's nice.

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

Kate it would be great if you sent this photo to them! Neat article Cynthia.

CynthiaMHori
CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

Hi
I ran across this from Project Feederwatch at Cornell - thought you all might be interested
http://networkedblogs.com/fTGP6


galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

I'd love to know what they say!

KateCampbell
KateCampbell 9 years ago

Thanks for all the great info on this fabulous little robin. I have learned tons and have contacted The Cornell Lab of Ornithology to see it they are interested.

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 9 years ago

I bet Cornell Lab of Ornithology would be interested in this!
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/searc...

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

Kate, I assume you are asking about Leucanism. There are three main types of pigment variations. The most common is melanism, where the pigments are darkened. Lots of hawks have a melanistic form. Then there is Leucanism, which reduces the amount of black pigment. The best example I can think of is white tigers, which still have their with brown stripes. Albinism is when there is no pigment, so the animal is white, usually with pink eye, like a lab rat.

I mentioned the possibility of some sort of pied gene. Which is what causes pinto horse and other white spotted animals. There are also terms like dilution (palomino horses) diffusion (dun striped donkeys) etc., etc. Pigment genetics can go on and on. But mostly, in the wild, pigment variation within a species is limited to what can survive. I've seen an albino robin, but it was in a wildlife park because it could barely see and someone caught and donated it so it wouldn't die. I hope that was what you were asking.

KateCampbell
Spotted by
KateCampbell

Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Apr 1, 2009
Submitted on Mar 22, 2011

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