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White Hummingbird

White Hummingbird

White Hummingbird

The lowly hummingbird is well known for its constant, erratic, vibrating flight, but little does the average person know that the hummingbird also has a remarkable little trick up its jaunty little sleeve.In the Australian Gardens at the University of California, Santa Cruz Arboretum, a dozen Anna’s Hummingbirds dart between golden banksia flowers and various pink and white blooming shrubs. Their feathers are bright, iridescent shades of emerald, pink and gray. The grove is awash with color.Not much is known about the mysterious white hummingbird that’s been there since May except that it has leucism, a developmental condition resulting in the loss of pigmentation. Unlike albino birds, which can’t produce the pigment melanin, leucistic birds produce melanin but can’t deposit it into their feathers. Albino birds also have red or pink eyes, but this hummingbird’s eyes are black, along with its bill and feet.

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The bird also performs the courtship display typical of male Anna’s Hummingbirds—climbing 100 feet into the air and bombing straight down. November is the start of breeding season for the species, which peaks in January through March. Though the bird doesn’t have its adult plumage yet, it’s possible it could breed, Gerow says. It’s still unclear whether the bird’s leucism will make it less attractive to females, since feather color plays a role in courtship.The albino hummingbird should not to be mistaken for the more common white leucistic hummingbird, albinos are incredibly rare. Photos from this page show the classic pink eyes of any albino creature. A rare, mind-bending sight, this is a must-see for every serious fan of these ever-fascinating creatures.

The Queen") decided that she didn't have any competition at the feeders or maybe she didn't have the shielding that the other birds gave her for protection, then she would sit like most of the others had. She came to the feeders about every 20-25 minutes, starting early in the morning then skipping the mid part of the day returning in the afternoon and early evening. Debra said I had become obsessed with "The Queen" since I was spending so much time observing and taking her photo.We didn't think she was going to migrate but she hasn't been seen for 8 days now, we still have 1 or 2 immature's around, so we hope she took our encouragement to migrate for the winter and then take up our offer to return next year for the entire year. I now have thousands of photos of hummingbirds, over 1500 just of the albino, from this year when I had no intention of taking even one. (Source:www.hummingbirdguide.com)

 

 

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