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What is this white bird?

 

OUT-White-bird-newReuben Hoxsie, of Solon Township, brought in a photo he took at his home, of a white bird at one of his feeders. He said he thought it might be a white house finch, after looking at photos online.

We sent the photo to our resident expert, Ranger Steve Mueller and asked him what he thought it was, could it be a white house finch, and whether it could be an albino. He said it looks like a snow bunting. “They come here during the winter and head back north when winter begins to recede,” he explained. He also did not think it was an albino. “There are albinics that partially lack pigment but this bird does not look like that. It appears the bird is beginning to change to its breeding plumage.”

Thank you so much, Reuben, for the photo, and Ranger Steve, for your insight!

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