[UNCLASSIFIED]RE: [canberrabirds] A Blackbird called Pinto

Subject: [UNCLASSIFIED]RE: [canberrabirds] A Blackbird called Pinto
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 10:20:33 +1000
pied is correct
albino is almost always an all white animal, often with pink or blue eyes depending on the animal. Albino is a complete loss of pigment.

From: John Layton [
Sent: Tuesday, 9 August 2005 8:28 PM
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Subject: [canberrabirds] A Blackbird called Pinto

Jack Holland wrote,
"Geoffrey, a very similar pattern to a blackbird that was regularly seen in
our garden pre the fires, but in that case only one or two of the primary
feathers were white."
Maybe I should pull in my wise, wooly little head. See, I'm currently drafting an Odd Ob for Canberra Bird Notes that features a male Common Blackbird that had a heavily white-streaked crown, nape and mantle. Amazingly, Pinto (as we called him) and his missus built a nest in our ... but no, that would spoil the story. So, you'll just have to wait until / if it's published.
So, could someone tell me the correct _expression_ for this partial white plumage. Partial albinism?
John Layton.


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