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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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Northern Pintail - albinistic - tail
Northern Pintail - albinistic - tail
Northern Pintail - albinistic - sleeping
Northern Pintail - albinistic - sleeping
Northern Pintail - albinistic - 12-31-06
Northern Pintail - albinistic - 12-31-06
Mallard - leucistic eclipse male - 8-26-08 Ensley Bottoms
Mallard - leucistic eclipse male - 8-26-08 Ensley Bottoms
Mallard - leucistic - 9-23-08 male molting from eclipse plumage to breeding.
Mallard - leucistic - 9-23-08 male molting from eclipse plumage to breeding.
Lesser Scaup - leucistic TVA 2-27-09 -
Lesser Scaup - leucistic TVA 2-27-09 -
American Wigeon - leucistic - male,  February 2009
American Wigeon - leucistic - male, February 2009
Lesser Scaup - 1-14-10  Leucistic - TVA Lake
Lesser Scaup - 1-14-10 Leucistic - TVA Lake
Wood Duck - 5-15-10 leucistic hen with 3 young
Wood Duck - 5-15-10 leucistic hen with 3 young
Wood Duck - 5-15-10 leucistic hen.
Wood Duck - 5-15-10 leucistic hen.
Wood Duck - 5-15-10 leucistic hen
Wood Duck - 5-15-10 leucistic hen
Ring-necked Duck - 12-11-2012 - adult female with white head - Coro Lake Shelby Co. TN.jpg
Ring-necked Duck - 12-11-2012 - adult female with white head - Coro Lake Shelby Co. TN.jpg
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