Sparrow?

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mpp26
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Sparrow?

Postby mpp26 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:51 pm

Saw this bird at the Chch Botanic Gardens - do sparrows have a white morph? Sorry about quality of image, it seemed to keep tot he shadows, though other birds were feeding in the sun
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Kiwiskan
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Re: Sparrow?

Postby Kiwiskan » Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:48 pm

looks like an albino to me - and that would account for it staying out of the sun
SomesBirder
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Re: Sparrow?

Postby SomesBirder » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:06 pm

Kiwiskan wrote:looks like an albino to me - and that would account for it staying out of the sun

I believe that it is leucistic. Albino animals are entirely white, and have pink eyes.
Apparently, it is not uncommon for sparrows to have a fair amount of white on their wings, but for them to have this much white on their bodies is unusual.
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grant
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Re: Sparrow?

Postby grant » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:50 pm

the Sparrow is leucistic I would say

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