Albino Sparrow

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Albino Sparrow

Postby hipster » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:23 am

We live cliffside at Cockle Bay, Howick. For over a year have been putting out bread for garden birds and usually get between 20 and 30 house sparrows, this time of year (winter) augmented by 5 Silvereyes and the occasional Blackbird. This morning surprised to find amongst the sparrows what we believe to be an albino. The bird had no discernible markings, a very pale buff with breast being perhaps slightly more "pink", pink legs but dark eyes, no bib so could be a female?
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Re: Albino Sparrow

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:45 am

If you can get a photo, please post it. Sounds like a leucistic sparrow; more like this one viewtopic.php?f=9&t=654&p=2971 than this whiter one viewtopic.php?f=9&t=482. An interesting oddity either way.
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Re: Albino Sparrow

Postby hipster » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:50 am

I do have a photo, not a very good one as my camera doesn't have much of a zoom, however, not sure how to attach it to reply. As I understand it, the leucistic sparrow still retains markings, "our" sparrow had no discernible markings.

Told my cousin in Essex (UK) about our sighting, she sent pic of a true albino crow that visited them a couple of years back.

Will publish photo if you can explain how I go about attaching it. Thanks.
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Re: Albino Sparrow

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:41 am

Will be interesting to see.
Check out this topic here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=15
If you need a hand after that, feel free to email of PM me.
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Re: Albino Sparrow

Postby hipster » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:32 pm

Thanks for help posting photos.
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Albino Sparrow, Cockle Bay July 2012
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Albino Crow, (or is it a Rook?), rural garden Essex July 2009
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Re: Albino Sparrow from chris

Postby christian hubbard » Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:59 pm

I saw a black male outside my house a couple of years ago. you could see all the male detail in its feathers in different shades of black. It looked stunning in the sunlight.

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