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Donna Lee Wilkins
Lakeside, Ontario, Canada
During my watch day on December 18/2016, this tan colored Junco appeared. It seems a tiny bit smaller than the other dark eyed junco around our feeders. I hope the image shows well that this bird is definitely a junco, but it is a very light tan color. It does have the pink beak and it’s behavior is distinctively Junco It has been at the feeder area for two days now and I will continue to watch to see if it stays around. I have been a bird watcher for many years and this is the first time I have seen a tan Junco. I googled it and did not find a similar picture. We wondered about albino, but then the entire bird should be white, shouldn’t it?
This Junco has Leucism, a partial white or light coloration of the feathers. The Junco is just very lightly colored with white wings because of this. Learn more in Unusual Birds in the Learn category.
I just saw a similar tan Junco here in Indianapolis 11/07/20. A first for me!
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