RE: Leucistic/Albino New Holland Honeyeaters in Geelong

To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: RE: Leucistic/Albino New Holland Honeyeaters in Geelong
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 17:56:59 +1000

Hi All,

Today, down at the Barwon River in Geelong, Victoria, there were TWO Luecistic ( i think the word is) New Holland Honeyeaters in a group of about 10 or so.

They were feeding quite happily with the other NNHE's, and i only saw one bird get a bit nasty with one of the birds.

I found it odd that there was not one, but two birds with this rarity. Would it be possible that these birds are twins? If not twins, you'd think that these birds would be somehow related???  Or could this just be a case of the dietary intake of the flock, with two birds producing leucistic offspring?

If anyone has any theories or info on what causes this characteristic in birds, i'd love to hear  about it.

I've posted a couple of pics here:
I think the two pics posted here are of the same bird...i may update the sight with pix of the other bird if i manage to work out the difference between them.



<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU