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Leucistic Canada Goose Sighting

Posted by SusanStokes on November 11, 2020

An amazing thing happened during my daily walk along the creek.  I came across a rather large gaggle of Canada Geese, not unlike many times before, except this time something was different.  In the midst of the normal looking Canada Geese was a misfit – a beautiful white goose happily eating and socializing amongst the gaggle, completely unaware of its singular beauty, just one of the gang.

After a bit of research, I came up with an answer regarding this oddity.  Leucism (pronounced LUKE-ism) is the most likely reason why this lovely white goose looked so different from the others. Leucism prevents pigments in the bird’s body from reaching some or sometimes all of a bird's feathers.

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The degree of leucism varies with a bird's genetic makeup. The skin and eyes remain their normal pigment and color in a leucistic bird. The condition should not be confused with that of an albino animal. Albinos are entirely white with pink eyes and skin.

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Though both conditions are rather rare, one is much more likely to see a leucistic bird than an albino bird. And birds of any species can have this condition. Birds that have white patches or washed-out plumage may simply be leucistic.

Now my daily walks to the creek will take on new determination – to see this lovely white goose again.

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