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Leucistic crow in Yorkshire

17/09/2008 12:07:46
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Leucistic drow in Yorkshire. Credit Keith Marshall.

This picture was taken by Keith Marshall, who has seen it regularly in his garden and the surrounding areas in Yorkshire.

Wildlife Extra thinks this is a leucistic crow, but it seems to be an unusual manifestation. If anyone has another theory, do let us know on the forum.

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Leucism (or Leukism)

Leucism is a very unusual condition whereby the pigmentation cells in an animal or bird fail to develop properly. This can result in unusual white patches appearing on the animal, or, more rarely, completely white creatures.

Albinism is a different condition. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that in albinism the eyes are usually pink or red, and albinism affects the entire animal, not just patches.

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Leucistic Crow

Hi just wanted to say that I saw one of these a couple of months ago in Northamptonshire, although I had to find out from another site what it was called, this one had light grey colouring on the ends of his wings and all underneath was grey also, completely miffed me as to what type of bird it was albeit it was the size of a large crow and the rest of him was black

Posted by: Dianne | 03 Apr 2014 08:02:53

Leucistic crow

I took some photos of a Crow almost identical t the photo above.
I took my photo in Exmouth

Posted by: Beryl | 07 Jan 2010 16:11:09

Leucistic Crows in Raleigh NC USA

I have seen two Leucistic crows in the past month. One was marbled black and white. I jsut saw one today with white spots. I have feeders outside the front window and one has found it so it is only a matter of time before I get a photo

Posted by: Sue Ohmann | 29 Dec 2009 18:30:54

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