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Leucistic Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Description:

This is the first bird I've ever found that was leucistic, which is a rare genetic condition that prevents melanin pigments to be deposited into the feathers properly. Otherwise, this is a normal European starling.

Habitat:

Spotted Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge in western Washington. Foraging in the sand and mud as the tide was out in the estuary mudflats.

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6 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 8 months ago

Thank you Jae, Neil and Zlatan.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 8 months ago

Great find Brian - me neither, I've never seen a Starling like this one.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 months ago

Amazing spotting, Brian! Never seen a starling quite like it. So unusual.

Jae
Jae 8 months ago

Awesome find, Brian38!

Brian38
Brian38 8 months ago

Thank you, Sukanya.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 8 months ago

Wow...now, THIS is a FIND!!!!

Brian38
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Brian38

DuPont, Washington, United States

Spotted on Sep 27, 2020
Submitted on Oct 12, 2020

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