1 January 2015

A Bird Named Leu

Leu is the name we christened a particular Black-capped Chickadee that we have spotted several times and on one occasion enticed it to feed from our hand. Our name for it is a contraction of its condition, known as leucism, a genetic mutation that prevents melanin and other pigments from being deposited normally on feathers, creating white patches on its black cap.

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