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Old Monday 28th March 2011, 19:03   #1
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Magpie

As i was at work today, i noticed two Magpies on a bungalow roof. Nothing unusual there of course but what was different was that one of the maggies had the colour white on its primary coverts, looked very strange! has anybody else observed this before?
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Old Tuesday 19th April 2011, 15:03   #2
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I'll take that as a no then
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That has made me giggle. To answer your question, no, I haven't observed it.
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Old Tuesday 19th April 2011, 15:53   #4
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Hi Mark

Sorry your post has been unanswered so far. This is a form of leucism, which seems to be becoming more and more prevalent amongst 'black' birds. We don't get Magpies here (well very rarely), but there are Blackbirds and Crows with white feathering.

ElsT has posted a few pictures in the Gallery of a more extreme form in a Maggie which you can see HERE.

You can read more about leucism in the Opus Dictionary.

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