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Leucistic Starling (1 Viewer)

Northumborman

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Spotted this white starling on the island of Westray in Orkney today. It was part of a small flock of around a dozen 'ordinary' starlings and seemed to be accepted by them.
 

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Jonno52

John (a bad birdwatcher)
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United Kingdom
The bird (from the bill base colour, perhaps a female?) has done well not to be picked out by a predator so far. It's well established that flocking behaviour may be partly to confuse a raptor like Peregrine, because it can't decide which bird to take. But a white individual would make the task much easier.
 

Tired

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United States
Look at that! Are you sure it isn't albino? The eye looks like it might be red.

I wonder what the others think of it, and if it'll be able to find a mate. I assume starlings pick mates based on plumage, which I'm sure would put this one at a disadvantage.
 

KC Foggin

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Like Tired I am thinking Albino as I enlarged the photos and the eyes look reddish to me.
 

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