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Leucistic Red Kite

Observed: 28th November 2010 By: kcf32
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeShropshire Wildlife Trust
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2010-11-28 Gigrin 71
2010-11-28 Gigrin 73
Description:

One of two paler red kites seen amongst the many kites dining at Gigrin Farm. A group leader explained that these were leucistic, which, I understand, is a lack of pigment rather than an absence as in albinism. This results in the birds being pale but retaining the eye and beak colour and some of the red/brown feather colour. He went on to say that about 1 in 150 of the Welsh population is leucistic, they had not bred and are all male.

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