Leucism, or leukism, is an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment, particularly melanin, from being properly deposited on a bird’s feathers. As a result, the birds do not have the normal, classic plumage colors listed in field guides, and instead the plumage have several color changes, including: white patches where the bird should not have any; paler overall plumage that looks faint, diluted or bleached; or overall white plumage with little or no color discernible.
Leucism is relatively unusual in birds, and albinism is rare. From 2000-2006, Project FeederWatch participants reported fewer than 1000 leucistic birds. Given that participants report about 5.5 million birds each season, the percentage of leucistic birds being reported is very small.
Leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk photos by J Centavo on Flickr
Also posted on my secondary Deviant Art account, Liger-Zero-Schneider [link] Just thought I’d share them here too.
Here are the best pictures from my trip to the desert last month, featuring Solar Flare my HMM Liger Zero Panzer. These were taken at Joshua Tree National Park (in the Indian Cove campsites). The desert scenery is just so amazing and perfect for Zoids photos. I decided that I would take the HMM Panzer this year, after thinking about it for a while. I thought about taking Schneider, but I was worried it would fall apart too easily on the three hour drive down there. It is a real pain taking a HMM (or actually any Zoid) down there, but it is worth it. Maybe next year if we go I’ll take Fury, or Jager. Anyways, most of these were taken around the campsite, but I did go climbing a bit. Even with her nicely packed in a shoebox and in a backpack, it was definitely a challenge. No parts were lost or broken, so this was a very successful trip.
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Measurements: Length of metal 34 3/8”, overall 90”
The axe head has a sloping concave blade pierced with geometric shapes and a fleur de lis, plus angled beak with thickened point. The spike has a diamond-section of 17” integrally forged side straps with ferrule and separate front and rear reinforcing straps. Features mounted on later octagonal wood shaft with period brass dome-head nails.