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Greenwood, SC, USA
Redwing Blackbird with white feathers on the left wing. Part of a small flock that began visiting the feeders a few days ago.
Category: Leucistic birds
Redwing Blackbird showing white feathers on left wing.
I saw one too 2/22/22 in WV it was with a redwing blackbird. I was wondering what was up with it.
Some in Grand Rapids, too. Sometimes just a touch of red, but mostly white.
Today, for the 1st time, a similar bird came to the feeder. It had a white stripe on its wing but when it flew off, I also saw orange (but can’t see the orange with wings closed). Is that likely a red-winged blackbird? Thanks!
*additional comment to my March 31 post: This was in eastern KY near the southern WV border
I just saw one in Goshen, CT. The white was quite noticeable, like the whole outside feather. The wing looked like it had been edged in white paint.
I saw one in Humber Bay Park East in Toronto this morning. It had the regular red/yellow colourIng, and a white edge along the lower part of the wings which became more visible when it was flying.
I think that was most likely leucism. Leucism is the partial loss of pigments in the body.
Also saw in South Central Kansas today.
There was one at my feeder in Minneapolis Mn today. Only saw the right side but it was white along the edge. I have a photo but not sure how to add to my reply
My husband and I saw two of these birds in Sevierville TN today.
In central Ohio (near Dayton) we have them on our feeders too! It says they are tricolored blackbirds. Apparently there is red and even blue too, but not noticable when their wings are folded in.
I have been seeing them at our bird feeder in Germantown MD for a few weeks. You see a white horizontal stripe and the red isn’t always visible when they are perched. I looked it up and agree that it is a Tri-colored blackbird. It fits the description. It has the white band and the red above when they are perched. They enjoy marshlands and irrigated farms. We live near a lake and creek.
I saw one of these in Elkhart, Indiana today
One came to my suet feeder for several days in late April. Very aggressive to sparrows and other smaller birds who tried to feed on the suet. Did not just flick a wing or nudge them but after scaring the smaller bird off the feeder abandoned his meal and very aggressively pursued the bird in swift flight! Have never seen such aggression by any bird in my backyard.
One in Salem Oregon on my feeder today
I have seen 2 of the redwing blackbirds with only the white stripe at our feeder here in Norton, Massachusetts
I just saw one on flat bird feeder. It was so unusual I did and internet search and found this place. I spotted in Concord Township (near Mentor) Ohio.
I just had one with 1 white tail feather at my feeder. Tried to get a picture but he flew off too quickly. Glad to hear other people have seen this. At first I thought he had poo on his tail. Ha ha ha.
I am in Southeast Wisconsin
He most likely was attacked by something and lost one of his tail feathers and it grew back white. At his next molt it should return to its normal color.
Saw a male redwing blackbird with a white feather on left side of its body here in Laingsburg, MI (near East Lansing, MI) today (7-4-22). First time I’ve seen one. Funny thing, too, is that today I saw a red squirrel with a very whitish tale, which is a first for me.
Saw a red winged blackbird today with white bar.
Hello Robert, this is most likely leucism
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