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Leucistic-oystercatcher

Observed: 22nd October 2011 By: Valerie Harrison
West Galloway Scottish Ornithologists' Club
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leucistic-oystercatcher
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No interactions present.

Species with which Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) interacts

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miked's picture

very strange looking thing!!

very strange looking thing!!

bobthebirder's picture

oystercatcher

Amazing! I've never heard of anything like this before. For some reason waders rarely show albinism or leucism. I have seen a photo of a leucistic curlew, but can't remember seeing any others.

Bob Ford

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oystercatcher

Interestingly, this individual has been around on Loch Ryan for several years. I spoke to a local farmer the other day and he also remembers one from when he was a child which must have about 40 years ago. It wouldnt be the same one but is it passed on?

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Same one?

The longevity record for an Oystercatcher ringed by a BTO ringer is 40 years, 1 month and 1 day. A bird ringed as a nestling at Friskney Marsh in Lincolnshire in 1970 and recaught close by in 2010.

So, it could actually be the same bird!

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miked's picture

Interesting question, from a

Interesting question, from a small amount of reading around on this it seems that albinism can be inherited but its less clear for leucism.