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Bonfield, ON, Canada
A nice surprise at my feeder this morning, April 13, 2017; we get a lot of the other grosbeaks but this one is a first. I’m hoping it comes back so I can take a better picture.
Albino Grosbeak; April 13, 2017 at my feeder in Bonfield Ontario
It’s Leucistic, not exactly albino, it’s a mutation that causes the feathers to be lighter or white.
It’s hard to be sure if the eyes are red or dark, but they look red. If it were a parrot, it would be called creamino with the feathers being pale yellow and eyes red, lutino if the yellow is bright and deeper. When the eyes are dark rather than red it is not an ino. An albino must be pink skinned, red eyed and white feathered.(It’s all in the inherited genetics)The outdoor bird watchers of America don’t seem to go there tho…
It’s eyes appear to be black to me. This bird is leucistic. An albino bird is one that is completely white with red/pink eyes.
Had one at my feeder in Bethlehem NH, March 29, 2021
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