Leucistic Crow

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While out birding in Los Angeles last week, I was focusing on black crows when a white crow flew overhead.  This was the first time I'd seen a physical anomaly of white feathers on a black bird and was immediately mesmerized.  I have since done some research and found that while some refer to this type of bird as a partial albino crow, I believe leucistic crow is its proper description.   Only the first several primary feathers of each wing are white but, as you can see,  it's a striking genetic flaw.  With its wings folded, you can see the white feathers on his back.


white crow back

Here is a view of its wings as it takes flight.  

white crow in tree

And here its wings are fully extended.   

white crow flight © susie loucks




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