Sunday, February 15, 2009

Partially Albino Male Purple Finch

Note: This item is from the archives. It was first posted in early March, 2007 ... but I thought this unusual little guy deserved a second showing. Riel


Spring is an exciting time of year and it's when I start anti- cipating the sighting of many different birds visiting our feeders. Sometimes, some with an unusual appearance show up; like this partially albino male Purple Finch shown here. This male bird has a jumbled up, patched sort of appearance with white feathers here and there, mixed in with its usual colouring. The male finch was photographed in our feeder area in April, 2005. Notice how this partially albino finch stands out amongst the rest of the group while they are all feeding on the ground together.

12 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is a most unusual looking bird.
Blessings,Ruth

Kay said...

That is very interesting. I wonder if it could create a whole 'nother branch to the species. You must have been so excited to be able to capture it.

Becky and Gary said...

Not hard to pick this guy out of a crowd. I've never seen one. Thanks for sharing this one.
B.

Sharon said...

I still can't get over the beautiful birds you have where you live! Of course, if I put out bird feeders like you have, maybe I would be surprised! Thanks for sharing these cute little guys with us!

Mary said...

He is a beautiful bird with the white mixed in. Very unusual!

Deborah Godin said...

Great shots! I think these are some of the most interesting sightings in bird-dom! When I was in the foothill, I used to get then regularly, particularly in the Gray-crowned roay finches. I frequently get female house sparrows here that are cinnamon.

Appalachian Lady said...

I don't think I've seen an albino bird of any kind. Nice photos. He looks like someone splashed some bleach on him.

Denise said...

Wow, what a find. Wonderful photos Ann.

Kyle said...

Very cool find, Ann. He definitely sticks out in the crowd, but I bet he'd hide pretty darn well in patchy snow!

Misty Dawn said...

Amazing!!! What an awesome experience this must have been. The photos are truly fantastic.

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as partially albino as far as i know. Albinism is a genetic condition, where the alleles are such that no pigments are produced in the body. However "partially albino" can be caused by a disease known as vitiligo that destroys pigments in areas across the body

Anonymous said...

My husband and I saw a snow white bird about a week ago. i thought it might be an escaped canary of some sort. today it showed up again and I was ready with my binoculars and camera. It's an albino purple finch. i know this because it was being fed by a male purple finch. They frequent my feeders ALOT here in Boerne, Texas. I searched the internet for info on the frequency of this but only found your blog that even mentions something close.
It was so beautiful....with pink eyes and completely snow white.....quite a sight to see.