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Claydon: Rare albino blackbird takes up residence in garden

15:00 13 February 2013

A white blackbird with albino features has been spotted in Claydon during the winter.

A white blackbird with albino features has been spotted in Claydon during the winter.

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A RARE albino blackbird has taken up residence in a homeowner’s garden.

Steve Manning, of Claydon, said the bird had been a regular visitor to his garden after being spotted around the village during winter.

Erica Howe, of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), confirmed it was a full albino blackbird.

She said: “It is very rare. Albinism occurs with a double recessive gene, which is more likely to occur if related birds interbreed.

“They often do not live long as they are more conspicuous to predators and their vision is not good; so they are less adept at detecting cats and sparrowhawks.”

3 comments

  • you have made the same mistake that most people make in thinking anything white is an albino. If it was, it would have pink eyes. Th bird in the photo is suffering from a condition known as leucism. We had a similar individual frequenting gardens in Monmouth Close on Maidenhall until fairly recently

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    Stephen Pestle

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Good luck to this little bird. There are folk stories about albino blackbirds, for example this one from Bradwell in the Peak District: "The Lumb Boggart is an old Bradwell story of a girl who was found dead under the stairs of a house in the late 1700s. Her ghost haunted the villagers, so they called an exorcist. He sent her spirit to live in the Lumb, a resurgence of the Bradshaw cavern in the middle of the village. He also decreed that once a year she would turn into a white ousel (a white blackbird) and fly to Lumbly pool, in between Bradwell and Brough. Locals still watch out for the white bird when walking home at night."

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    Boris

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • white bird should be its name surely

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    rumbler

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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