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An Albino Western Robin in Seattle

Horace Gunthorp
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
25
Issue: 
4 (July-August)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1923
Pages: 
132

An Albino Western Robin in Seattle

On the afternoon of March 20. 1923, I observed an albino robin on the campus of the University of Washington. It was one of a flock of some thirty robins, all of which were of the western variety (Planeslicus migratorius propinquus), and it is safe to say it belonged to the same race. Its wings and back were entirely white, while its head and tail were a light gray. In most lights the tail looked white also, but when seen from above it appeared to be only a degree lighter than the head. The breast was cinnamon-rufous, but was of a perceptibly lighter shade than those of the other robins in the flock. Its eyes were of normal color and there was no trace of dark markings on the throat. It was still on the campus on March 24.

Horace Gunthorp

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, March 26, 1923

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