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Semi-albino Blackbird?

Observed: 4th March 2011 By: adrianashleyadrianashley’s reputation in Birds

Unusual colouring with lots of white bits.
I saw this bird many times a couple of years ago. Have yet to see another one like it in the same area.
I’m assuming it did not get to breed successfully (although from what I observed it had no difficulty defending its patch from other blackbirds) or the white markings were not passed on to its offspring.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Blackbird (Turdus merula) interacts


markwilson's picture

semi-albino blackbirds

In some birds eg Barn swallows there is a relationship between the amount of white colouring and reproductive success.

jonnam318's picture

I have one similar in my area

I have one similar in my area in Kent. I observed it for sometimes. On seversal occasions, it was attacked by some other blackbirds as well. Most of the time it sat in a quiet corner in the park on its own. Though, sometimes the gene might not show up.

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This blackbird appears to be showing signs of leucism - where there is a partial loss of melanin pigment, rather than albinism.

The BTO are currently organising a survey to see how common this abnormality is. It might be worth submitting your record to the survey on the BTO website?

adrianashley's picture

Thank you for the extra

Thank you for the extra information.
I have clicked the links and read the articles with interest. I also entered this sighting in the suggested BTO survey.