For the story and accompanying photos click here. Be sure to check out the link to the ‘photo gallery’.
Of course, there really isn’t such a thing as ‘partial albino’…it seems to me. Albinism is the absence of color…all color, to the degree that the iris is colorless and eyes appear to be red, as they are actually transparent and it is the blood vessels one sees. When ‘some’ color is absent or excessively light; the condition is called Leucism. Leucistic birds have some color and dark eyes; they are not Albino.
For more infomration regarding Leucisim see:
- Photos and discussion by:
- Photos and discussion by: L. Stokes
- Photos and discussion by: R. Allard
- Photos and discussion by: Cornell Edu
- And of course: Wikipedia
- Other avain color-oddities by: BirdInfo
- Other Leucistic animals
Adendum: Too funny, this story took place in my neighborhood here in Southern Colorado, but BirdChick seems to have scopped me big time! The Minnesota girl quotes a local paper here in Colorado some five hours after I posted what I'd heard. Dang, news travels FAST! I appreciate her update from our local paper: The Pueblo Chieftan.