So what is this funny fowl?
The extremely rare bird stands out from the rest because of its near colourless plumage and yellow eyes. Generally, a mostly black bird with small patches of white confined to the undertail, this pretty Pied Currawong is certainly a sight to see due to it having leucism.
We called on our wildlife expert, Dr. John Martin, who quickly identified this unusual bird and filled us in on why this Pied Currawong is different. “Leucism is often mistaken for albinism because it looks like there isn’t pigmentation or melanin present, but the difference is that traces of colour are present. This Pied Currawong is rare because it has leucism but still has small patches of coloured feathers and yellow eyes. The plumage has a washed-out appearance instead of a complete lack of colour like an albino bird.”
“Pied Currawongs tend to stay in the same areas year-round so it’s likely visitors have seen it before, but because it is currently breeding season for the species, sightings have increased over the past few weeks.”