schweizerin's picture

Coloured blackbird

Observed: 24th May 2011 By: schweizerin
coloured blackbird
coloured blackbird 1

This bird, or it's ancestors, have been seen in our garden for five or six years. What causes the colours?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) interacts


Fenwickfield's picture


The colour is caused by albinisun and leuism, it is common in blackbird's


anonymous spotter's picture

This is said -

to frequently be due to the overall health of the bird (as opposed to true albinism, which is genetic). It may be that the family is heavily infested with parasites, for instance.
If it's a regular feature over generations, it could well have a genetic cause, I think.