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Polly Wilson

Portland, ME, United States


This is a new and unusual visitor to our feeding station.


An Unusual Downy Woodpecker.

2 replies on “An unusual downy woodpecker.”

Ava Johnson says:

Hi Polly, I see you tagged this bird as albino, but it’s actually leucistic. An albino animal would be completely white with red/pink eyes, but since this bird still has color on his feathers, he’s leucistic. I haven’t seen many photos of ones that look quite as neat as him though!

Ava Johnson says:

Hi again, a correction on my earlier statement; an albino bird may be completely white or they might have some red, orange, or yellow if they create those pigments from carotenoids.

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