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Leucistic (albino?) bird from Queen Elizabeth National Park (1 Viewer)

adamt123

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Hi everyone,

I'm guessing the bird in question is leucistic not albino because the bill is blackish-grey - honesty have never seen either before so not sure.

As for an ID, when I first saw it I thought some sort of flycatcher and I suppose that is what I still think it is. Though I understand it may well be impossible to get species level id, any ideas are appreciated. Photos were taken from quite a distance and I appreciate this makes deciphering any key details all the more difficult.

The sighting is from Bush Lodge, Queen Elizabeth NP (Uganda), June 2021. The area was like a swamp (not sure if it helps, but I've attached a photo) with lots of birds but we didn't see any other species that looked similar to the bird in question.

thanks!

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Andy Adcock

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England
I think you're right with Flycatcher, maybe White-eyed Slaty?

I'd also say that it's probably is a genuine albino as it has pink legs?
 
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adamt123

Member
thanks both for your comments. the plump shape is indeed reminiscent of white-eyed slaty and those legs do look rather pink - nice to know that it could well be a genuine albino. a cool sighting though, whatever it is :)
 

MacNara

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Japan
I have the impression (plus one acquaintanceship) that human albinos have (always / usually / sometimes) very poor eyesight. Is this also true of birds and other albino animals? (We saw a white, possibly albino, Springbok in Namibia a few years ago, and have always wondered if there were physical reasons other than just 'looking different' which might make them less likely to survive to a ripe old age.)
 
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