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April 2018

Why Is That Bird Part White? Leucism!

If you see a bird with abnormal white feathers or washed-out plumage, that bird may have a genetic condition called leucism, (pronounced LUKE-ism). Leucism prevents pigments from reaching some — or sometimes all — of a bird’s feathers. Check out these photos of leucistic birds by several BirdNote... read more »

Topics & Themes:  plumage

BirdNote for All

A hearty thank you to all of our 2018 GiveBIG donors!Thanks to you, listener-supported BirdNote opens the door — to birds, to nature, and to conservation — for all!Through the art of joyful storytelling, BirdNote transports listeners out of the grueling demands of the day and into the calming,... read more »

Merganser Mojo

Gregg Thompson found a Red-breasted Merganser in gorgeous breeding plumage at Edmonds Marina north of Seattle. This male was making all the traditional courtship moves. We hope there was a receptive lady around to appreciate his skill and beauty.Our guy is getting ready: his crest is lowered.Now... read more »

Topics & Themes:  behavior