Leucistic Magpie

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timrob
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Leucistic Magpie

Spotted at the University of Queensland this weekend.  Like many of the birds on campus it was very happy for me to be quite close.

WhistlingDuck

Very interesting sighting ... i had to read up on what Leucistic meant.  It seems quite happy and confident. 

timrob
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Yes, it's an interesting phenomenon, and apparently quite rare.  One source I read said that it is a form of albinism, and that the spectrum of albinism occurs about one bird per million per species.  I have heard that there is a leucistic Kookaburra here in Brisbane as well. "He" was interacting with the other maggies, so it seems that the tribe accepted him even though he looks different.

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There has been a few  "pied" or if you like birds with incomplete hypopigmentation  on lately ,I dont think their getting more common just more of us out there with cameras .

great shot ,and a nice catch of something you dont see every day.

Canonguy
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Wow! How cool is that?

Annie W
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Good looking bird though isn't he?  Quite confident strutting his stuff there too.  Fantastic!

NW Tasmania

zosterops
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How curious.

Check out this white welcome swallow 

http://www.eremaea.com/BirdlineRecentSightings.aspx?Birdline=1
 

timrob
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WOW!  No that is amazing ......thanks for sharing

Tim

Annie W
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That's also pretty awesome!

NW Tasmania

birdie
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Wow good catch .... that is really unusual ... proud looking guy strutting  his stuff isn't he?  I remember seeing one of Tassie's pics years ago of a leucistic Magpie Lark ... they are so freaky aren't they?

Sunshine Coast Queensland

sylviadivemaster
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I just saw another one exactly like this guy on Saturday 13 Feb 2016 at around 2.30pm.  It looks a lot younger though and I wonder if it may be an offspring of the one you spotted back in 2014 ... its colourings look lighter ... see picture attached

timrob
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Thanks for posting the new picture!  I was at UQ this January and again saw a leucistic maggie near St Leo's. Nice to hear that it is surviving.

Tim

sylviadivemaster
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Well ... is this another form of leucistic manifestation?  I saw this "polka dotted" like magpie at Sherwood Arboreteum just this past week .... second time I spotted unique colouring for a magpie  ... this one was brave ... it came to check me out as I tried to get a better picture of it ...

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