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White robin

Robin Moore, of Sparta, sent us this photo of a white robin she spotted in her yard. She said that she saw it last summer and then again this summer. The difference this summer was that it had a baby bird with her, that wasn’t white.

Robin said she had been rototilling the garden and turning up the worms, which the birds were waiting for, so she left for awhile and let them get their fill!

According to audobon.org, in order to be classified as albino, the bird has to have red or pink eyes. Some white birds, that have regular colored eyes, may have a condition called leucism. Unlike albino birds, which completely lack the natural pigment known as melanin, leucistic birds produce melanin but can’t deposit it into their feathers. Some may even have partial leucism, resulting in a “pied” appearance.

We cannot tell with this bird whether it is albino or not because we cannot see its eyes.

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