Leucistic UK birds: Carrion Crow and Moorhen

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Those birds with an unusual amount of white colouring in their feathers are in the news at the moment.

The best we can offer here in Falmouth, Cornwall is this Crow which can often be seen at Pendennis headland and shows some white in the primary flight feathers. Perhaps, not the best of examples as some birds, particularly blackbirds can be completely white.

A white headed blackbird did frequent our garden briefly last month but we failed to get even a record shot.

This Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) on the right is another example of a leucistic bird.

Insight into leucism: In the field a bird that is all white can be identified as being a rare albino form if it has pink eyes whereas a leucistic bird will have dark eyes.

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