White Hawk

October 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm (Birds - Georgia, Georgia, Nature, Photography, Wildlife) (, )

Leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk

This red-tailed hawk isn’t dressed out for winter.  And it’s not an albino.  This guy/gal is leucistic – meaning it is missing color pigments other than melanin.  (Albinism is the absence of melanin – the pigment that gives our skin and hair its color.)  Albinos have pink eyes due to absence of pigment in the eyes.  Leucistic animals like this one still have their dark eyes, and often hints of color as you can see in this bird.

This hawk has been at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Island Ford area for quite awhile, and was photographed last month.




  1. Bob Zeller said,

    Very interesting, Cindy. Thanks for this informative post. 🙂

  2. DesertAbba said,

    Good picture! Thanks for the info on albiinism.

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