Sunday, August 28, 2016

Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk

This afternoon while sitting in our back yard, Jeanette spotted this leucistic Red-tailed Hawk circling high  overhead along with a standard Red-tail Hawk and a Turkey Vulture. I went and got my camera and started trying to get some photos, and Jeanette started making a bird list.  Leucism is a condition where the feathers lack the normal pigmentation and appear white. This can be only small splotches or large areas without color.  Complete lack of color would be considered an albino. This the third year in a row that we have enjoyed occasional looks at this leucistic Red-tailed Hawk from our back yard. To see our complete observation list and photos click here


  1. Isn't it fun when an individual bird is identifiable! We watched a leucitic retail for five winters in a valley near here. I hope you get sightings for even longer.