Albino House Sparrow

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Albino House Sparrow

  • Hi, new to all this and hope I don't appear too thick.  Are albinos rare and should I mention one specifically if he turns up on my garden watch ?

  • Hi Crackers and welcome to the forum,

    No question is too silly on this forum.

    Please can you describe your sparrow? Is he totally white with pink eyes, or has he got some normal markings and normal coloured eyes? Could you manage a photo of him? He may be an albino or he may be leucistic, depending on your answer.

    Albinos and leucistic birds aren't rare as such. You can see my avatar is a leucistic sparrow.

  • Hi crackers

    A warm welcome to the Community from me too. I hope you enjoy being a part of the Community. :-)

    I'm not sure if you need to specifically mention an albino or a leucistic sparrow on the BGBW form, but it would be interesting to see what it's like.

  • Sorry, this is the best I can do just now, don't know the eye colour.

     

  • crackers

    Sorry, this is the best I can do just now, don't know the eye colour.

     

     hi crackers welcome to community, thats a great bird you have there, thats the best pied i have ever seen keep us all informed. best regards mac

  • Hi Crackers,

    Thanks for the photo. What a cracking little bird!  It is a leucistic sparrow - not an albino. An albino would be all white with pink eyes. Another forum member (Aiki) is the expert on the ins and outs of albinism and leucism if you want to know more about it.

    Not rare, but unusual, and very striking. There is no need to report it to anyone, and just count it as a sparrow on the Garden Watch count, but I would love to be informed of its progress from time to time on the forum. My little snowdrop (avatar) didn't last very long I'm afraid - she was too obvious a target for a sparrowhawk.

  • he is still classed as a house sparrow, it is just a gene that makes him different... it could have had two normal parents but still come out albino... its just  a lucky dip.

    welcome to the site i'm new two....

    XD

  • AnimalWarrior

    he is still classed as a house sparrow, it is just a gene that makes him different... it could have had two normal parents but still come out albino... its just  a lucky dip.

    welcome to the site i'm new two....

    XD

    As has been said above, the sparrow is NOT an albino. He is leucistic. Not the same thing at all.