Re: [CALBIRDS] odd colored Nuttall's woodpecker
- You might consider that the bird probably has some leucistic (albino
type) characteristics to it. Thus the black areas are washed out and
are brownish. I believe I have seen the same thing at some time in the
past in another black and white bird.
Photos of such individuals are neat to look!
> My sisters and I spotted a woodpecker with classic Nuttall's field[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> marks and call notes EXCEPT its barred back and side spots on wings
> were brown and white and its primaries were a tan color (lighter than
> the brown on her back). Her tail was black and her head colors and
> side/breast spots were black and white. We thought maybe this was an
> Arizona/Nuttall's hybrid, but their ranges do not seem to overlap. We
> checked to make sure it was not a hybrid Ladder-backed/Arizona
> woodpecker, but the facial pattern and white breast color (along with
> Nuttall's call notes and rattle) seemed to eliminate that possibility.
> The mystery bird was seen in the local park in Pine Valley (across
> from the hamburger stand on the main road) on June 27. Sorry for the late
> post but we had no internet access until now. We are from Washington
> State and maybe this coloration is not that unusual... Comments
> appreciated to satisfy our curiosity.
> Liz Cormier, Seattle, WA
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