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The Binocular Advisor

Dark-eyed Junco with a difference
by Meg Earsley

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher by Steve Hall
Photo copyright 2017 by Megan Earsley

In her Fairfield, Iowa, yard, Meg Earsley saw a Dark-eyed Junco that had "Wait a minute!" written all over it. Some of this bird's feathers are missing their normal pigmentation, causing white patches where you would expect to see dark gray.

This condition is called "leucism." While it is not considered rare, it's not something a birder sees every day.

Thank you, Meg, for permission to share your unusual photo with visitors to Birdwatching Dot Com.


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