Skip to main content

The FeederWatch season starts November 1. If you haven’t signed up yet, sign up today!


Photo Submission

Submitted By

Caroline Olson

Longmont, CO, United States


House finches are a common sight at our bird feeder, but this guy is a little different. When I first spotted the large white patch on his cheek my first thought was conjunctivitis, a common house finch ailment. However, on closer inspection I realized that it was the natural coloration of his feathers. This condition of random white splotches is know as leuticism. In this instance, the white splotches only appeared on his left cheek and the top of his head, but in some cases the whole body of the bird is white.


Leucistic House Finch

One reply on “Leucistic House Finch”

Thomas Hopkins says:

only saw once walking to mailbox
looked like a finch or sparrow but only the top of the head was painted bright red- not a house or purple finch-red stripe on top of head was bright red like someone took a brush and painted it

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *