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.


Albino Hummingbird Flying
Albino Hummingbird Flying


Albino Hummingbird Perched
Albino Hummingbird Perched

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