Leucistic American Robin

These pictures of a white American Robin were taken recently by Suzanne Sawyer at her home in Middlebury. This is another example of a leucistic bird much like the Red-tailed Hawk we posted pictures of back in November, though this one is a bit more dramatic for having all white feathers. It does however have normally colored bill, eyes and legs, so it is not an albino. Beautiful though it may be, this aberrant plumage does create several challenges for this bird. It may have trouble attracting a mate, it is more visible to predators, and since pigment is an important componant for the strength of feathers, its plumage may wear out more quickly.

– Ron Payne

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