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Pink & Black Magpies (2 Viewers)

EmilyFagan

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I've seen a few mentions of these guys in this forum - in Ireland and England back in 2006 and 2008, but the threads are too old to reply to.

We are in Dillon, Montana, and we saw a pair of pink & black magpies yesterday. The pink is where the white usually is. They were with a flock of regular magpies and acted no differently. The color was unmistakably pink - bright pink. Very beautiful birds.

I wonder if they are a mutation (or whatever term biologists use) like albinos and lutinos in Australian budgies and cockatiels?
 

fugl

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We are in Dillon, Montana, and we saw a pair of pink & black magpies yesterday. The pink is where the white usually is. They were with a flock of regular magpies and acted no differently. The color was unmistakably pink - bright pink. Very beautiful birds.

I wonder if they are a mutation (or whatever term biologists use) like albinos and lutinos in Australian budgies and cockatiels?

Diet-related, I would think. Are there salmon hatcheries nearby?(http://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/6995503409/in/set-72157627355335229).
 
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