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Feather discoloration (1 Viewer)

Bird_Bill

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Hello everyone!

Came across this female Ruby-throated a few days ago when it turned up in a camera trap I have on a nectar feeder.
Any thoughts on the white discoloration on top the head, and behind the gape?

Thanks in advance
 

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ducbucln

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Looks like a bit of leucism-an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment, particularly melanin, from being properly deposited on a bird's feathers.
 

Bird_Bill

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Looks like a bit of leucism-an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment, particularly melanin, from being properly deposited on a bird's feathers.

Hi, ducbucin.....Thank you

What appears to be the same bird has turned up a few times since it triggered the shutter in that pic.

I agree and suspected leucism, but I'm open to thoughts about any type of environmental staining.
 

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