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Leucistic Bald Eagle In Arkansas

Submitted by on January 23, 2010 – 10:16 pm8 Comments
Leucestic Bald Eagle by Flip Putthoff

Leucestic Bald Eagle by Flip Putthoff

Each January wildlife officials count the Bald Eagles around Beaver Lake in Arkansas. The 2010 count may have been down from last year, but they were surprised to find that a leucistic Bald Eagle is calling the lake home.

The difference between leucism and albinism is often confused. Albinism is characterized by a total or partial lack of melanin pigment. Leucism is similar to albinism but it is a reduction in all types of pigmentation not just melanin. In birds, this can result in patches of white feathers. Also in leucistic birds, the eyes and feet are usually their normal color like this Bald Eagle.

I’ve seen photos and videos of other leucistic or albino birds on the internet and in person, but this is the very first time I’ve ever seen a leucistic Bald Eagle. Pretty neat!

Leucestic Bald Eagle by Flip Putthoff

Leucestic Bald Eagle by Flip Putthoff


  • http://birding.about.com/ Melissa

    Just beautiful! It's always a treat to see a leucistic bird; thanks for sharing these photos.

  • http://www.iPhotographGod.com/ Carol Wingert

    Wow! How great that YOU could capture something so beautiful….I bet your heart was just beating as fast as mine when I saw these awesome photos! How blessed you must feel!!!!

  • Elizabeth

    Leucistic birds are a marvel of Nature. Thank you for this picture. We had a leucistic House Sparrow winter over where I worked two years ago and we fed him or her throughout the winter (along with all the others.) I wonder whatever happens to these rare birdies.

  • http://www.burdr.com Andrew

    Oh I can't take credit for these photos! I always put the photographer's name right underneath the photos to give proper credit. They were taken by Flip Putthoff who is a writer for the Arkansas Morning News and NWAonline.

  • http://www.burdr.com Andrew

    Your very welcome!

  • Elizabeth

    Leucistic birds are a marvel of Nature. Thank you for this picture. We had a leucistic House Sparrow winter over where I worked two years ago and we fed him or her throughout the winter (along with all the others.) I wonder whatever happens to these rare birdies.

  • http://www.burdr.com Andrew

    Oh I can't take credit for these photos! I always put the photographer's name right underneath the photos to give proper credit. They were taken by Flip Putthoff who is a writer for the Arkansas Morning News and NWAonline.

  • http://www.burdr.com Andrew

    You're very welcome!