Juvenile leucistic Wheatear - (Oenanthe oenanthe)

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    I presume this is a northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) but an albino or possibly leucistic version?

    Could it be another type of vagrant Wheatear? It was seen flying around with other Wheaters on open Moorland. Dartmoor, Devon UK

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    1. roly2008. 46 months ago | reply

      I've no idea Joe, it isn't albino as it hasn't got red eyes, it could well be a leucistic wheatear, I'm not familiar enough with the foreign wheatears to know if it's one of those. I can certainly say that it's a brilliant, well detailed shot and a very interresting bird!!

    2. Joe__M 46 months ago | reply

      Thanks Chris! It's very interesting indeed! There were alot of Wheatears in the area, and this one stuck out like a sore thumb as it was bright white! Behavior was the same as the other Wheatears, it just looks very different!

      Had a brief look through my Collins guide to European birds, and although there are quite a few rarer, vagrant possibilities. None of them really look like this!

    3. Buckeye. 46 months ago | reply

      Young juvenile. Evidently leucistic. Presumably northern wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe.

    4. tom_2014 46 months ago | reply

      Nice shot! Yeah, i agree with Buckeye. Ive had a look through the Collins and i dont think its a wierd vagrant, so would say its probably a leucistic Northern Wheatear. How rare!

    5. Joe__M 46 months ago | reply

      Great shot! Maybe a distant relation indeed! I wonder how common a bird like this is? I haven't seen anything like it before today..

    6. Dário Cardador 46 months ago | reply

      Excelente registo é lindos

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