Re: Spotted Turtle-Doves

Subject: Re: Spotted Turtle-Doves
From: "jade welch" <>
Date: Thu, 07 Aug 2003 18:16:04 +1000

Graham, Philip and all,

For a bird to be albino it must be white with a red eye not partially but fully white. For a bird to be lutino as pet bird breeders call it has to have a red eye and be completely yellow. This bird however is a pied not an albino, Pieds have a few white or yellow feathers ranging all the way up to a bird being completely yellow or white with a black not red eye. Hope this helps.

Yours Sincerely
Mr Jade Welch
Gold Coast,
>From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
>To: <>
>CC: "birding aus" <>
>Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Re: Spotted Turtle-Doves
>Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 17:38:18 +1000
>Hi Graham,
>Thanks for the photo. I really wanted to see whether it fits any of the other species of pigeons that are kept in captivity, I can't think of any matches there. I think any similarity to Rock Dove is coincidental on that some Rock Doves have a lot of white. Can't tell a lot from photos but it looks like a partly (actually mostly) albino Spotted Turtle-Dove. It is lacking any pigment in much of the plumage. Strangely though, it seems that the pigmented parts are darker than usual. Or maybe that is just an illusion. I don't recall this condition in this species but these things happen sometimes.

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