A lovely albino crow... it is rare to be completely albino. However, it seems in my area a lot of birds are leucistic. I have seen SEVERAL crows with white streaks, white feathers. It is strange. I wonder if it is environmental in these cases?
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.
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,
Qualicum Beach, a beach and town on Vancouver Island British Columbia, is the home of some white ravens. According to one source,
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
"... The birds are thought to be leucistic and not albino, the result of a genetic defect producing chicks lacking normal pigmentation."
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. --- --- --- ... ... --- --- --- 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.