Albino blue wren?

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msu66351
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Albino blue wren?

I am fairly sure I just spotted an albino blue wren. It was with other wrens; sounded like one; flew like one but was a really pale colour all over. Anyone ever seen one?

Araminta
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I just found this, I think I can post this here, as it has the person's name attached.

Leucistic Superb Fairy-wren Victoria from [Martin . O'Brien] [Permanent Link][Original] To: Subject: Leucistic Superb Fairy-wren Victoria From: Martin.O'Brien@dse.vic.gov.au Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2003 15:31:28 +1000

While at a 'boneseeding' (Chrysanthemoides monilifera ssp. monilifera) day at the You Yangs Regional Park west of Melbourne on Saturday, another birdo alerted our group to an 'albino' Superb Fairty-wren' on the northern edge of the park. Upon closer inspection we could see a lemony-yellow to pale white bird 'bouncing' along the ground amongst Acacia scrub. A fascinating site and the first I have seen. The chap who spotted it had apparently been going to this spot for several weeks just to see this particular bird. cheers Martin O'Brien Melbourne Birding-Aus is on the Web at www.shc.melb.catholic.edu.au/home/birding/index.html To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message "unsubscribe birding-aus" (no quotes, no Subject line) to

I hope this answers your question. Very rare, and you are very lucky to have seen one. Take some photos.

M-L

Holly
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Oh wow! I haven't seen one but that isn't to say that they are not out there. I can imagine that standing out so much would make a little white bird quite a target.

 

If you manage to get a shot I would love to see it.

 

msu66351
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Yep! I have lived here for twenty years and walk often in this area but haven't seen anything quite like it before. Am still not sure if it was a wren but until I am proven wrong, I may as well believe it. 

I have been back twice now to the same spot with my camera but no luck so far.  Biggest shame is that the area is part of a new residential development and the stands of wattle and scrub are going to be dozed any time. 

Also interesting that lots of animals have a version of albinism. Wonder why that particular gene is so popular and why mother nature is holding on to it in all her wisdom.

Araminta
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There are a few photos around though, just use your search engine.

M-L

Wendyb
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I have been lucky enough to find a leucistic Superb Fairy Wren Near my home town ofCobden in western Victoria.  It lives with at least 3 females and 1 male 

Woko
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Most interesting, Wendy.

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