[CT Birds] white blue jay

david bingham dbbingham at sbcglobal.net
Thu Mar 22 23:54:12 EDT 2007


We had a stunning white Turkey Vulture that was in the area for about three 
years. It wasn't a full albino (had a few black streaks). Although I saw it 
many times, I never could get a good picture of it.
David Bingham
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Kruitbosch" <kbosch at gmail.com>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 1:18 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] white blue jay


>I once saw a Tree Sparrow that had a white face and upper breast - it is a
> startling sight and I was fortunate enough to get some good pictures of it
> to send to Cornell. But I would presume your Blue Jay, like my Tree 
> Sparrow,
> is partially albino. Keep in mind that Blue Jays have no blue pigment in
> their feathers. The tiny particles in its feathers scatter reflected light
> and make it appear to our eyes in the blue wavelength. It is the same 
> thing
> as the blue sky. I've heard that when the feathers are back lit or 
> something
> similar that the feathers appear black. On cloudy days like today the Jays
> always look like a lot duller than normal as well. However, your 
> description
> of "completely white" sure sounds like a partial albino.
>
> Feederwatch has some good examples of albino birds, as well as ones with
> deformed bills:
>
> http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBirdsandFeeding/OtherStrangeBirds.htm
>
> Scott Kruitbosch
>
> On 3/22/07, dianetucker01 at comcast.net <dianetucker01 at comcast.net> wrote:
>>
>> I have been watching a white blue jay at my feeders for most of the
>> day.  It is completely white where the blue ought to be, but retains all 
>> the
>> rest of the black markings of a usual jay.  Can someone educate me a 
>> little
>> bit on this phenomenon?  The single fox sparrow remains.  Thanks.
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> Scott Kruitbosch
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