Possibly a melanistic magpie?

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Possibly a melanistic magpie?

Could someone tell me whether I'm just crazy or does this magpie have melanism? I've never seen a nearly all black magpie before and searched the internet for a while but couldn't find much info that was very helpful. Thoughts?

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Colour mutaitions accure in most birds (and mamals) we tend to notice them more in the ones we see more often this one has only a couple of white feathers,there was a pied one on site a few days ago that was almost all white both ends of the spectum (some of the darker ones may lose the pigmentation after thier first moult )

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