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Old 02-20-2018, 08:20 AM
 
Location: western North Carolina
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This bird has been frequenting my feeders, always enjoying the peanut butter. Suet and sunflower seeds are also there. I was stumped when I first saw it but now believe it is an albino Downy Woodpecker. Sorry for the poor quality photos. Has anyone seen albino birds?
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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no but you might want to send those to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology just to confirm your suspicions.


It'd be neat if you're right!
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Old 02-20-2018, 12:47 PM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Some info on what you are seeing.

All About Albinism in Birds - Birds and Blooms
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:10 PM
 
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This bird has been frequenting my feeders, always enjoying the peanut butter. Suet and sunflower seeds are also there. I was stumped when I first saw it but now believe it is an albino Downy Woodpecker. Sorry for the poor quality photos. Has anyone seen albino birds?
You're probably correct. We have a melanistic Downy around here that we only see in winter.
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Old 02-20-2018, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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I don't think it's albino.. it's eyes look dark in that 4th pic. It definitely seems to have a different coloration or lack of melanin tho.
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:10 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Not an "albino". May be leucistic. A quick search brought up this:

https://www.google.com/search?q=leuc...w=1284&bih=598
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:50 AM
 
Location: western North Carolina
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Leucistic sounds like a good possibility. I'll try a camera with a better zoom now that the bird is comfortable here and has even begun eating suet like the other downies do. Then I can get a closeup of the eyes.
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Old 02-22-2018, 01:02 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Leucistic sounds like a good possibility. I'll try a camera with a better zoom now that the bird is comfortable here and has even begun eating suet like the other downies do. Then I can get a closeup of the eyes.
I think, because your bird does have dark markings on the head that its not an albino.
Albinism is a lack of normal pigment/melanin and there are degrees of it. Leucism is more of a variation in the degree of pigment. A leucistic bird probably has the same or slightly different eye color as a normally-plumaged bird so you might not be able to tell from a photo. An albino would have blue eyes because of the way the tissue absorbs/reflects light. The "red" eyes associated with a total albino appear red because the blood vessels show through tissue that has no pigment.

A useful link.

Leucism and Albinism in Birds — Ivory-billed Woodpecker
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