|Cardinal of a different color - Andy Schiller|
|Same bird earlier - Charley Burwick|
In addition to drawing the attention of birders, leucism has other disadvantages. Since melanin is structural as well as a pigment, feathers may wear out sooner, affecting flight and temperature control. The reflection of heat can be a big disadvantage when facing cool spring winds.
|Piebald, leucistic, you name it. - Pinterest|
Be on the lookout at Monday's meeting and maybe we will get a chance to see it alive and in color, sort of.
Dave Shanholtzer shared with me that he was a passionate birder with Greater Ozarks Audubon Society in the 1980s, the lone kid on their field trips. He had a leucistic cardinal at his backyard feeder that he followed. This is little David out with GOAS in the 80s and that might be Burwick in the skirt.