We have a leucistic albino!!

civicmindedAugust 9, 2009

Today at 120pm we sighted a Leucistic albino hummer in our yard, we have been able to photograph and video it.

Its the first one I have every seen and Me, and my wife had to do a double take.

I wonder if it sticks around if it should be banded? We are in West Central Indiana.

Here is a link that might be useful: Leucistic Albino Humminbird

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What a rare sight! Don't know if this will help, but you might want to contact Allen Chartier who is a bander. He is listed in one of my hummer newsletters as a contact for your state. This newsletter is not current, but his email is listed as amazilia1@comcast.net or call him at 313-274-3434...don't know if those are current either, but it's worth a try!


    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 5:33PM
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Very interesting video!


From his website link above it looks like Allen Chartier is still involved with all kinds of Hummer data and documentation, is based in Michigan, and is interested in unusual hummer sightings.

Keep us posted on your little bird!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 7:56PM
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seafire1(z7 NJ)

I'd fill that feeder ASAP and call a bander.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 10:23PM
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What a great event and capture. Thanks for sharing your good luck. A rare sight indeed.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 10:45PM
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Ok I have filled the feeder of course, It caught me off guard because I was going to fill the feeder when I seen it but was afraid to mess with it before getting the pics. I have contacted the Banders that band in Indiana, we will see what happens, I hope its still around tomorrow.
I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity. It just reaffirms that all of the work I put into the Hummingbird Gardens, and maintaining the feeders is worth it. Not that I ever doubt it is, however it takes alot of time to properly clean, fill, and maintain our 5 feeders, especially hot days like today.

Here is some video of the bird along with 2 awesome pics.

Here is a link that might be useful: Albino Hummer

    Bookmark   August 9, 2009 at 11:32PM
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monica33flowers(z4 WI)

OMG -- what a beautiful site! I feel priviledged just watching your video. How exciting!

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 9:39AM
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Wonderful video! I'm sure that's a rare sight. You may want to post it in the Bird Watching forum too. Here's a link to a thread on albinistic and leucistic birds in that forum.

Here is a link that might be useful: Unofficial poll on albinistic, leucistic birds

    Bookmark   August 10, 2009 at 8:13PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Your hummer is Leucistic. An albino would have red or pink eyes and the bill and feet would also be devoid of color. I may also have one here. I caught a quick glimpse of it this afternoon at the feeder way out back but it was too far away for me to make a positive id from where I was. It was definitely a different bird from the others I have ever had around here.


    Bookmark   August 14, 2009 at 4:14PM
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jellis50(z9 CA)

Spotted this leucistic female Goldeneye in San Francisco bay area. She was swimming with Shovelers.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 4:07AM
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