[Tweeters] Rare Café-colored Crow pigment mutation near Seward Park 1.21.2019

M Cooley marilyncooley at gmail.com
Mon Jan 21 13:11:16 PST 2019


Would this be referred to as a leucistic crow?

On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 12:53 PM kelsberg <kelsberg at uw.edu> wrote:


> I saw an unusually pigmented crow (I've never seen anything like it

> before) this morning from the pedestrian path along Lake Washington Blvd,

> about 1/2 mile north of Seward Park. Overall, it was café-au-lait, with a

> darker brown head and proximal tail, medium brown over the back and much of

> the wings, and white wing tips and distal tail and flight feathers.

>

>

> It was foraging on the lawn near where some picnic must have happened,

> since it took flight with what appeared to be a piece of watermelon.

>

>

> I took a quick burst of iPhone photos (low quality), which I've posted on

> the public Flickr account at:

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/145727674@N05/?

>

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> If they are not visible I can also email them to anyone who is interested.

>

>

> I sent some of the photos to Dennis Paulson, who said he'd never seen one

> like it either and suggested that it was a rare mutation. He hoped some

> photographers might track it down and get better images.

>

>

> Good hunting!

>

>

> Gary Kelsberg

>

> Seattle

>

>

> kelsberg at u dot washington dot edu

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