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Normal and Albino Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds
Dorothy Usher

Another nice albino hummingbird photo

News from the region

Kansas City
Aug 29, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Albino ruby-throated hummingbirds are extremely rare, so Dorothy Usher of Cameron, Mo., grabbed her camera on Tuesday for a photograph of this one and a normal-colored hummingbird fluttering nearby. The albino appeared in her yard over the weekend, about the same time an albino hummingbird disappeared from a backyard in Lake Waukomis, which is in Kansas City’s Northland area.

Are there two albino hummingbirds in northwest Missouri, or did the same bird ride a breeze north?

Nature photographers who saw the first reported bird say there are similarities in the scattered blackish down feathers, but they cannot tell for sure. A hummingbird expert said the pink bill, legs and eyes separate true albino phases from similar hummingbirds that are white but have black bills, legs and eyes.

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Albino Hummingbird Flying
Albino Hummingbird Flying

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Albino Hummingbird Perched
Albino Hummingbird Perched

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