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Susan Drury

Watson Lake, YT, Canada

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The raven on the left has one completely white tail feather.

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Raven With White Feather

Raven with White Feather

4 replies on “Raven with White Feather”

suzanne byrne says:

Love this. An writing a story about ravens and a dysfunctional family. One of the ravens has a white feather. Then I wondered what that really looked like and I saw your photo. Thank you, made my day.

Vince says:

Just googling and found this link.
On my walk this morning I saw for the fifth time a Raven with a considerable amount of white feathers. Mostly on his or her Tail feathers at the top end.
Also has white on the wings. It’s quite unique..

Ava Johnson says:

That is a condition called leucism. Leucism is partial loss of pigments in an animals body, resulting in birds having some white feathers.

Ava Johnson says:

This crow might have been attacked by something and lost that tail feather. When the feather regrew, it regrew as white. It happens sometimes, but at its next molt if that is the case then its feather should go back to normal color. It could be leucism but as that appears to be the only white feather, it’s unlikely.

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