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Leucistic (near albino) Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Saint Louisville, OH!
A "white" hummingbird was identified in St. Louisville, OH the last week of August. Seven Mile, OH bird bander Eric Burgess was contacted by the nephew of the homeowner. Eric then contacted me and I traveled on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, a six hour round trip, to capture, band, process, photograph and safely release the white hummer. It turns out that it was a leucistic Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Leucistic is pronounced "loo-ki-stick". Leuc is a latin version of the Greek work leukos meaning "white." It is not albino because the feathers do not lack "all" color-making pigment cells. I am uncertain as to whether or not it is born this way. This pigmentation does show up in early development of the feathers. Albinism results in red eyes, white feathers, and possibly a white bill. This hummer is mottled light brown throughout it's back and tail, has dark "colored" eyes and a brown bill (normally black) making this hummer leucistic.

It was a young female with much energy! Interestingly, all the other hummingbirds showed aggression to this female as if it were an invasive species or non-welcomed visitor. It did not show aggression to any of the other hummers around the feeders nor did it seem too threatened by the aggression from the other birds.

We believe these leucistic Ruby-throated Hummingbirds do not survive their first migration. The reasons are uncertain, but theories are floating around. One theory supports the idea that the lack of normal pigmentation in the feathers make them too soft to withstand the wear of up to a 2000 mile flight to central America, 500 of which are over the Gulf of Mexico.

It was a privilege to see this bird up-close. It is only a reminder of how much we still have to learn about these amazing little creatures!!!

 

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Rufous Hummingbirds have been positively identified in Bexley, OH and Montgomery, OH.

 

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Approximately 1 million birds each year are banded. Approximately 60,000 birds each year are recovered. By 1995, a total of 57 million birds had been banded, and 3 million recovered.

 

If you find a dead or injured wild bird with a band on it’s leg, or if you find a loose band, call toll-free to 1-800-327-BAND (2263) from anywhere in Canada, the United States and most parts of the Caribbean. You will need to give the band number, how, when and where the bird or band was found.

 

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