Saturday, August 29, 2020

Fri-d: birds with White Where it ain't Supposed to Be


 ["Partially Leucistic" Semipalmated Plover, Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, Cape May County, NJ August 13, 2020.]

This all seems like semantics, but technically it's not. As I understand the terminology, the above bird is not albino because it has pigment on some parts of its plumage and normal bare parts. It's not completely leucistic because it's white some places but normal some places. SO, it is a partially leucistic Semipalmated Plover. Others have reported it.

It gave me a startle naked-eye; when I see a lot of white on a shorebird I'm thinking phalarope or something really crazy. I guess it does look kind of crazy. . .


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