Western Scrub Jay (Leucistic)
An unusual bird in that it has white in it's secondary wing feathers. Some would call this parthial "Albanism", but that would be incorrect. Albanism is a genetic condition where no pigment (melanin) is produced in the body cells, and leads to the characteristic "pink eye", which is actually a lack of pigment of the eye. Leucistic traits are a genetic condition where pigment (carotines) are not produced in feathers, and hence the eye is the normal color, as in this bird. So this is a case of Leucistic genetics, though still uncommon.
Taken 2:09 PM on August 12, 2012
Uploaded 2:10 PM on August 12, 2012
- Posted in Wildlife
- Wofford Heights, CA
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