What the heck is leucism? Leucism is the term used for identifying defects in pigmentation in the skin, hair, or feathers. It is not to be confused with albinism. Albinos typically have red eyes while leucistic animals have normal eyes.
If you’ve ever spied an animal that appears normal in all respects, but has white patches where white shouldn’t be and you just can’t seem to identify it, well, you have seen a leucistic animal.
While it is an exciting thing to see a leucistic bird, one must realize that he will probably face dangers that other birds will not. The fact that he has lost his natural protective camouflage makes him vulnerable to predators.
In all my years of feeding and watching birds I have only seen two leucistic ones. On one occasion I was lucky to have a camera available to take photos.
In my natural ABC book L is for leucism