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Leucistic and full to partially albinistic birds

Over time, I've been fortunate to find quite a few birds in pale, washed out, white or partially white plumage. The dilution of coloration is call Leucism which differs from albinism. I'll be going back and looking through my slides and adding to this list as I've seen many pale species from shorebirds to vultures. I've seen more ducks than any other type with leucistic tendencies but that may be because they are more obvious. Untill recently, I'd never seen a leucistic bird that I could ID as a male. (See recently added melinistic and dilute male Mallard photos plus a leucistic Least Sandpiper)
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Full Albino - Common Grackle
Full Albino - Common Grackle
Leucistic - Horned Lark - 12-4-04 Dyer Co. TN.
Leucistic - Horned Lark - 12-4-04 Dyer Co. TN.
Leucistic Horned Lark - 12-4-04
Leucistic Horned Lark - 12-4-04
Mallard - leucistic - speculum
Mallard - leucistic - speculum
Mallard - male - dilute pl.- head on
Mallard - male - dilute pl.- head on
Mallard - male -dilute pl.- tail
Mallard - male -dilute pl.- tail
Mallard - melanistic - 11-19-05 Lauderdale Waterfowl Refuge
Mallard - melanistic - 11-19-05 Lauderdale Waterfowl Refuge
Least Sandpiper - leucistic - 12-3-05 -  Lake Co. TN
Least Sandpiper - leucistic - 12-3-05 - Lake Co. TN
Least Sandpiper - leucistic - 12-3-05 -
Least Sandpiper - leucistic - 12-3-05 -
Least Sandpiper - leucistic - 12-3-05 -
Least Sandpiper - leucistic - 12-3-05 -
Northern Pintail - albinistic - front - 12-31-06
Northern Pintail - albinistic - front - 12-31-06
Northern Pintail - albinistic - undertail coverts
Northern Pintail - albinistic - undertail coverts
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