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    ceguinn
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    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="975"]Bird from Oregon Can someone tell me what kind of bird this is? Photo taken in Oregon in the summer. Bird was very aggressive.[/caption]

     


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    CatsBirds
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    Looks like a leucistic European starling…
    Leucism, or leukism, is an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment, particularly melanin, from being properly deposited on a bird’s feathers.

    As a result, the birds do not have the normal, classic plumage colors listed in field guides, and instead the plumage have several color changes, including:

    White patches where the bird should not have any
    Paler overall plumage that looks faint, diluted or bleached
    Overall white plumage with little or no color discernable

    The degree of leucism, including the brightness of the white and the extent of pigment loss, will vary depending on the bird’s genetic makeup. Birds that show only white patches or sections of leucistic feathers – often in symmetrical patterns – are often called pied or piebald birds, while birds with fully white plumage are referred to as leucistic birds.
    Leucistic and Albino Birds


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    narnian
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    Hello seguinn…I believe this bird is a Clark’s nutcracker.

     

     

     


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