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