Posted by: atowhee | October 23, 2021

ALL IN THE FAMILY

TWO American Goldfinches with white head feathers. Each with its unique splotch of white. Parent and child? Siblings?
Here is the whuter one which I noticed first a couple weeks back:

Now this bird came to our feeder today with many other goldfinches:

Erin Ulruch, pres. of Rogue Valley Audubon, sent me these two pics from a garden in Jackson County:

Click here for scientific publication on leucstic goldfinches–I could find no statistics on how often this might occur. I have previosuy seen limited leucism pass from one generation of American Robin to the next.
I’ve previously seen leucism in several species: Song and Fox Sparrow, Brewer’s Whitebird, Red-tailed Hawk (was nesting with ordinary looking mate), juncos, Surfbird (all white), California Towhee (bred and had normal plumage young), robin, B-C Chickadee. Weirc colored Mallards in city parks don’t count…their sexual proclivites are such that they breed with other ducks including the domestic Mallards that are white ducks.


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  1. Leucistic , glad to be reminded. Three years ago by the Ashland library, I saw a leucistic robin. Saw an albino robin in lithia on 2019. Saw a leucistic chipping sparrow in Colorado long ago which taught me to look out for that special coloration.


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