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Mutant Robin [Wordless Wednesday]

American Robin
It’s not my fault that I am a mutant!

American Robin
Partial Albino American Robin

American Robin
What an American Robin should look like!

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35 responses

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    Yes, this last Robin is a handsome dude.

    25 March 2008 at 7:14 pm

  2. What a beautiful bird. I wonder if it will stick around? This reminds be of a BOTB post about a leucistic junco that I believe was named snowflake.


    25 March 2008 at 7:21 pm

  3. I wonder how it got half albino

    25 March 2008 at 7:58 pm

  4. What an interesting looking bird!

    25 March 2008 at 8:13 pm

  5. I like the mutant. He has pizzazz.

    25 March 2008 at 9:17 pm

  6. Someone must have washed his clothes with bleach!
    I like your mutant!

    25 March 2008 at 10:04 pm

  7. What an interesting looking robin!

    25 March 2008 at 10:12 pm

  8. Thats crazy, kinda hard to miss this one out in the field !!

    25 March 2008 at 10:14 pm

  9. I think the spotted robin looks quite grand. Maybe he’ll start a new fashion–spots for spring!

    25 March 2008 at 11:17 pm

  10. I think he looks beautiful. I wonder if the mutation will be passed on to any young. You sure see lots of interesting birds!

    25 March 2008 at 11:28 pm

  11. @ Lisa – thanks and sure was!
    @ Tom – thanks and this guy was with a flock of 100+ Robins! I assume it’s a migrant!
    @ Samuel – sometimes if brother robins spend time with sister robins, their genetics get a little screwed up! I like to think of them as Mutant’s!
    @ Rondi – thanks and I loved seeing it!
    @ Mary – LOL, sure has!
    @ Chicago – must be or maybe it only had it’s work clothing clean!
    @ Barb – thanks and at first thought it was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak when I saw it fly!
    @ Bernie – it was a sore thumb in the huge number of robins! Then again, how do you get one robin of 100+ birds to come close enough for a photo (without spooking??)! Still not sure how I was able to work it out!
    @ KGMom – lets hope so!! LOL
    @ Linda – sure is and depends on good it’s mates genetics are? Many times these are the birds who are targeted by coopers or sharpies! They think they are camo but stick right out!

    25 March 2008 at 11:37 pm

  12. Now, had I spotted the Mutant Robin… being fairly new to birding… I would have run for my bird ID book and tried to find it. I know a Robin, thank God 🙂 but it wouldn’t have dawned on me that it IS a Robin. Thanks… I find your blog very educational and learn something new everytime!

    26 March 2008 at 1:00 am

  13. Wow!! That is so awesome! I would have been so shocked to see that guy. Amazing shot Tom!

    26 March 2008 at 2:31 am

  14. Oh goodness! He looks like he got splattered with bleach. I hope he stays around for you this spring.

    26 March 2008 at 5:35 am

  15. Oh, he’s pretty!

    26 March 2008 at 6:47 am

  16. I don’t know – I think that gives him a unique look that the girls will love.

    26 March 2008 at 9:04 am

  17. Nice capture!

    26 March 2008 at 9:37 am

  18. What an interesting bird. Hey, he’d be partly camouphlaged in a snowstorm! 🙂

    26 March 2008 at 10:21 am

  19. He’s beautiful! Reminds me a bit of the markings you see on a pinto or paint horse! He’s definitely one of a kind!

    26 March 2008 at 10:32 am

  20. What a beauty. How interesting that the albino-ness is not completely everywhere, but spotty like that. I hope this guy manages to elude all Cooper’s and Sharpies and has a nice long life filled with an abundance of fruit and worms.

    26 March 2008 at 10:35 am

  21. @ Pinar – I must admit that I first though it was maybe a Rose-breasted Grosbeak or something! But behavior proved it to be a robin! Thanks for your kind words!
    @ aullori – thanks and I have only seen 2 or 3 robins ever with white like this!
    @ Beth – I can promise you that this guy didn’t have his school clothing on!
    @ Jayne – thanks
    @ Marty – LOL, the independent birds always get the best worms!
    @ Barb- thanks
    @ Barbara – thanks and maybe it’s a snowbird Robin?
    @ Sherry – For sure or even a cat design! Thanks
    @ Robin – thanks and the spotty ness is common in many of our birds!

    26 March 2008 at 12:12 pm

  22. Very cool. Nice photo capture. Somewhere I have a photo of a leucistic Cardinal. He’s not as good looking as the Robin.

    26 March 2008 at 1:00 pm

  23. Very cool looking Robin. Add some bling and he’ll fit right into the Hollywood scene…I used to watch too much MTV but I’ve cut back – I promise.

    26 March 2008 at 2:00 pm

  24. @ Troy – thanks and I would love to see the cardinal shot! Thanks
    @ Owlman – thanks and sure would be! I can see it now “You have been punked by a robin”!

    26 March 2008 at 6:26 pm

  25. Oh my gosh!

    Actually. He looks like my favorite blouse after my husband has done the laundry :0D

    26 March 2008 at 6:53 pm

  26. Isn’t that kind of like winning the lottery? Finding a partially albino robin? I would think so!

    26 March 2008 at 7:02 pm

  27. We had a yellow tang (fish) on a local reef that looked like someone had splashed it with Clorox. Turned out to be a mutant in a way similar to your robin. Then a friend saw another white-blotched yellow tang on a reef about 10 miles down the coast. We kept plotting to capture one and release it near the other, hoping they’d mate, just to see what happened. But in the end, we left both where we found them. It’s always a surprise when you spot something like this (pardon the pun).

    26 March 2008 at 8:18 pm

  28. Grace

    Have you seen the grackle with the white tail feathers yet? He was around last year and for a couple of years before that. Seemed to survive O.K. with that stand out tail.

    26 March 2008 at 11:08 pm

  29. Nice shot!!!

    27 March 2008 at 2:08 am

  30. That robin dares to be different. 🙂

    27 March 2008 at 10:03 am

  31. Looks like it tried running a Beta version of the robin coloration program. Nice find, Tom.

    29 March 2008 at 12:53 am

  32. Mutant maybe but handsome!

    30 March 2008 at 10:09 pm

  33. lvn600

    That looks like the one I came across in January.-It’s always interesting to see this type of variation but I don’t think it helps the bird much.

    3 April 2008 at 9:05 pm

  34. Julie

    We have a robin looking very similar to this in our front yard, very pals-y with a male robin. The first time we saw him, I thought my husband was making it up! He (or she) has very pretty stripes down its tail feathers, but the chest is more one color than this one – it also has black and white all over its wing feathers, but sure acts like a robin. When it flys, it’s so beautiful! This is in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

    5 May 2008 at 6:04 pm

  35. Andrea

    Very very old post- but I saw one of these guys up in Queensbury New York this spring… amazing to see! Went looking because I’ve got a young bird with a white tail in my yard at the moment. =o)

    27 September 2012 at 6:01 pm

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