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White Tail Feathered Blackbird

Observed: 12th August 2013 By: EdwardAtkinsonEdwardAtkinson’s reputation in BirdsEdwardAtkinson’s reputation in BirdsEdwardAtkinson’s reputation in BirdsEdwardAtkinson’s reputation in Birds
White Tail Feathered Blackbird
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No interactions present.

Species with which Blackbird (Turdus merula) interacts

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Blackbird

This is known as leucism, where one or more feathers have no melanin in them, therefore are white. I suspect the tail feathers suffered some kind of trauma when they were forming. It could be temporary, till the next moult, or permanent.

Graham Banwell

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