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

Albino Steller's Jay
Albino Steller's Jay

Leucistic (partially-albino) magpie (Photo from Messybeast.com)
Leucistic (partially-albino) magpie (Photo from Messybeast.com)

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

Crow with deformed beak
Crow with deformed beak

Crow with deformed beak
Crow with deformed beak

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.