Hi all. Here's a link to a few shots from L.A. last week of a leucistic American Coot. The bird was in the duck pond at Earvin "Magic" Johnson Park in Compton. A cool looking bird that I initially thought was some real rarity until it got close! Below is a Wikipedia definition of leucism (FYI) and a link to the photos. dan
Leucism is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals and humans. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin.