Fw: [BIRDING-AUS] RE: Leucistic/Albino New Holland Honeyeaters in Geelon

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Subject: Fw: [BIRDING-AUS] RE: Leucistic/Albino New Holland Honeyeaters in Geelong
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 09:58:22 +1000

Hi All,

I went through my photos of the luecistic NHHE's last night and found images of the second bird.  The second bird has no black pigments at all, except for perhaps a slight mottling on the breast - but this may be dirt (imagine how hard a coat like this would be to keep clean! : )

The first bird, in contrast, has a s black colouration at the end of its bill. The first bird looks like an adult and the second a juvenile, so i'm thinking that the second bird could be the offspring of the first, since i was reading that leucism is hereditary and not dietary.

I've added the images of the second bird to the original page.  It can be found here:

Again, any comments appreciated.



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[BIRDING-AUS] RE: Leucistic/Albino New Holland Honeyeaters in Geelong

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.



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