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Unique white Red-Tailed Hawk in area

January 7, 2012
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

LEUCISM is the name biologists have given to the unusual condition for bird's plumage being white or mostly white. When birding folks identify birds, it is primarily by body size, shape and plumage coloration that are the first clues to solving the riddle. When a bird is all white, but looks in form and function as its normal flock members, it will gain extra attention. So it is with this hawk in the Marshalltown area. It is white. But it is not an albino.

 
 

 

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