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Mutated Sparrow?

Observed: 15th June 2013 By: jackohara11
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No interactions present.

Species with which House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) interacts

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Short Straw

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Not mutated -

But leucistic, I think. This is caused by a lack of pigment, but unlike albinism it isn't usually genetic. It is linked to poor diet or illness in most cases, I believe.
Ophrys is probably right about the species (he usually is!), but with very pale birds like this, it's difficult to be sure.