Leucistic Pink-eared Duck at Mount Isa

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Subject: Leucistic Pink-eared Duck at Mount Isa
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 16:28:02 +1000
G'day all,
Yesterday I observed an leucistic Pink-eared Duck at the Sewage Ponds.
It was a dirty white all over except for the "ears" which were a faded pink.
Thus it cannot be called an "albino".
For definitions see Peter Weaver's Birdwatcher's Dictionary
It was feeding with perhaps a 1000 other P-e D .. all mulling around in groups of up to 8 feeding in each other's wake.
My search of the Birding-Aus archives  did not return any reports of albino or leucistic Ducks.
How rare are they ?
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
ps For some Birding locations around Mount Isa 
open the Gazetteer section of 
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