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Strange colouration

Observed: 2nd February 2011 By: George WGeorge W’s reputation in BirdsGeorge W’s reputation in BirdsGeorge W’s reputation in Birds

Is it me or are there really more birds about in 'non-standard dress'? Not just pigeons but Mallards and Blackbirds etc.

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Leucistic and melanistic birds -

there have certainly been quite a few posted on this site. But oddities always attract attention, and not just from humans. Odd colourations may make the animal more conspicuous to predators.
In feral pigeons, there is probably a lot of interbreeding with escaped show or racing birds, I guess: and these tend to have unusual colours.