Re: Albinism vs leucism

To: "Susan Myers" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Albinism vs leucism
From: "Colin/Merian Richardson" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 20:47:45 +1100
Thanks, Susan, for the explanation! Add one more the the leucistic
sightings: a Magpie-Lark at Tottenham (my back yard) with dirty white where
the black marks should be (about 8 days ago). Haven't seen it since,
though. Would such varieties be more subject to predation or even rejection
and attack from its own species? Or would the explanation be simpler - ie a
neighbours cat?

Colin T. Richardson
80 Mingelo St, TOTTENHAM NSW 2873, Australia

> From: Susan Myers <>
> To: ozbird <>
> Subject: Albinism vs leucism
> Date: Monday, 26 October 1998 6:25 pm
> One of our veterinary experts may be able to enlighten us further but I
> believe that leucism and albinism are not the same things. An albino
> all pigements while a leucistic animal has a reduced intensity of
> pigmentation. If Jo's cockatoo had dirty looking plumage & orange tail
> feathers I would guess it was a leucistic bird rather than an albino. An
> albino bird would surely be pure white all over with red eyes...?
> Susan Myers
> phone: +61 3 9819 2539
> Email:Susan Myers 

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