As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Thomasville woman spots rare woodpecker

May 1, 2014 

Written by
Merry Ann Frisby

A rare white pileated woodpecker is visiting homeowner Mary Wise in Thomasville, Georgia. On April 22, it finally posed for a portrait.

The leucistic pileated woodpecker has been mistaken for the ivory billed woodpecker, which is likely extinct.

“I was surprised and excited to see this beautiful bird return,” said Levings.

Researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology say that the phenomenom — also known as “partial albinism” — is infrequent but not unknown in wild bird populations. It results from a reduction or absence of melanin, a dark pigment, in the feathers.

“It is not unusual for such birds to retain other feather pigments, such as reddish carotenoids, resulting in unusually patterned plumage such as in the recently found Pileated Woodpecker,” said the university team. “From 2000-2006, Project Feeder-Watch participants reported fewer than 1,000 leucistic birds. There were 5.5 million birds reported each season.”

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