Jackie – Avebury’s Albino Jackdaw

A kind man named Andrew brought to my attention Jackie, an albino jackdaw, who lives in the trees of Avesbury (in the UK), the largest stone circle in the world, in SW England.
Avebury Stone Circle, originally uploaded by Quentin C.
As majestic as the place is the albino jackdaw, locally named 'Jackie', who lives in the woods nearby this mystical place. Here is a picture and a video of Jackie kindly sent to me by Andrew (thank you Andrew!),
(Photo Source: Andrew Collins)
 
(Photo Source: Andrew Collins)
According to Andrew,
Jackie was first spotted on June 29, and is about two months old now. Obviously,  being at such a magical place is significant, especially as white animals with red eyes were seen as guides to the otherworld in Celtic mythology.
Fantastic point! Thanks again Andrew! Here is the video he shared with us,

Rare White Ravens in Canada

Qualicum Beach, a beach and town on Vancouver Island British Columbia, is the home of some white ravens. According to one source,

"... The birds are thought to be leucistic and not albino, the result of a genetic defect producing chicks lacking normal pigmentation."

Another source said ravens are monogamous, life-long mates and thus would more likely mate with one of their own kinds for life. Together they would produce chicks that lack pigment as well. However it happens, it is beautiful and rare. Watch these videos for yourself and see... Additonal Source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/294246, youtube, http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/Another+rare+white+raven+spotted+near+Qualicum+Beach/3236437/story.html

Corvid Abnormalities

Abnormalities can be found in all life forms--corvids included. Here are some interesting photos I found of corvids with two abnormalities deformed beaks and partial albino-ism--leucistic or albino corvids.
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Leucistic (partially-albino) crow
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Albino Steller's Jay
Albino Steller's Jay
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Leucistic (partially-albino) magpie (Photo from Messybeast.com)
Leucistic (partially-albino) magpie (Photo from Messybeast.com)
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Leucistic (partially-albino) Jackdaw (Photo Source: Surfbirds.com)
Leucistic (partially-albino) Jackdaw (Photo Source: Surfbirds.com)
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Raven with a deformed bill
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Crow with deformed beak
Crow with deformed beak
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Crow with deformed beak
Crow with deformed beak
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Steller's Jay with deformed beak
Steller's Jay with deformed beak
--- Read about THE MYSTERY OF THE LONG-BEAK SYNDROME here. Or you can read Passerines with Deformed Bills by Julie A. Craves (an article) here. There seems to be a high concentration of birds with deformed beaks in the Pacific Northwest--I wonder why.