Monday, September 23, 2019

Leucistic American Crow

Erika and I are back from a five day trip with friends to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon—a rare non-birding jaunt. We found ourselves on 18 September 2019 driving along the Oregon coast. The ocean was stunning, and we made a few quick stops. The second photo is at Seal Rock State Wayside, where we saw few birds and no seals. At Boiler Bay State Wayside, we were greeted by a leucistic American Crow. Leucistic is sometimes used to mean partially albino. But the two terms are different. To be albino, you have to sport pink eyes, a color clearly lacking in this crow. Leucism is defined by varying degrees of failure of pigment cells. Both conditions are occasionally reported in crows.

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