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Aberdeenshire White Tailed Bird (1 Viewer)

AndySandyTaylor

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United Kingdom
We've had a white tailed bird visiting our feeders for the last couple of weeks. We thought it was Blackbird with a few white tail feathers. Then thought the tail looked like a Magpie. I got a little closer and its actually a brown bird. Any ideas? The bird is sitting in a bush to start with and hard to see until it flies off.
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AndySandyTaylor

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United Kingdom
As far as I can tell, it is a leucistic Blackbird, ie an individual with some feathers white due to a lack of dark melanin. It is quite a common odd plumage in Blackbirds, although personally I have never seen one with this specific pattern.
Yes we thought it maybe that, but the pattern on the tail appears symmetrical which confused us (i.e. it is just two or three white feathers on the outer most sides).
 

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