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White magpie

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Lisagran Mon 06-May-19 09:12:24

Saw an unusual bird last week when we were in Newport, Pembrokeshire - a white magpie! Didn’t get a pic of it, but when we looked on the web later, found this pic of a white magpie taken by a local on the same road, near Dinas Head. I thought it was called albino, but apparently it’s called leucistic, if not totally white.

Telly Mon 06-May-19 09:29:50

Interesting. A couple of years ago I saw a white pheasant in a nearby field. I can't imagine that it lived long as it really stood out.

Lisagran Mon 06-May-19 09:40:01

A white pheasant, wow! The pic we found on the web was taken a few years ago - the bird we saw was much whiter. I wonder if albino / leucistic birds have white offspring?

lovebeigecardigans1955 Mon 06-May-19 09:45:14

The wonders of nature! It's nice to see something unusual isn't it?

oldgaijin Mon 06-May-19 09:48:01

When I lived on a shooting estate, the odd white pheasant popped up...if anyone shot it, they had to stand a round of drinks. The colour range of the birds was incredible, ranging from a light tawny gold to almost a dark, port wine colour.

annodomini Mon 06-May-19 09:57:05

I often used to see a Blackbird with white patches in my garden. I was told that a pure white one had also been seen, but never saw it myself.

Telly Mon 06-May-19 10:11:17

I didn't have time for a phone, by the time I get my phone out, unlock, open the camera app, even the dog has got bored and wandered off!