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  1. Beautiful raptor and one of the most majestic birds in the US. Just saw 5 in southeastern Louisiana, plus a Mississippi Kite in a residential neighborhood. Unfortunately the Swallow Tailed Kites numbers have been dwindling over the last 30 years in this area. As an aside, saw my first Black bellied Whistling/Tree ducks(4) and a small flock of Fulvous, in the same area.
  2. I believe this is more appropriately a bird affected by the “dilution” gene. I’ve seen others on here identified as leucistic, that probably are dilutes. Leucism is the lack of pigment, while dilute is a change in pigment Which gives the bird(or other animal) a lightened appearance. That’s not a scientific description, but the best I can do.
  3. I think that is a male you have there, just doesn’t have his adult coloration, yet.
  4. Since you inferred that it was parrot like, could it have been a Rainbow Lorikeet? They are fairly common in captivity, and it could be someones bird that escaped. Although knowing Florida and their plethora of introduced birds...who knows.
  5. Doesn’t look to be anything special, other than, perhaps, a racing pigeon. Just a pied coloration.
  6. At least for me. Never knew they existed and I have seen thousands of cardinals in my lifetime. Has anyone else ever seen one? Fantastic bird. https://kdvr.com/2019/03/20/woman-spots-one-in-a-million-yellow-cardinal-in-her-backyard/
  7. That’s pretty much a normal male Cardinal. Nice photo and welcome.
  8. Thank you. I know tons about pigeons, not much about anything else. This one does not strike me as any particular domestic breed. Could be a Racing Homer, a Roller, Highflier, etc. However, nothing distinctive enough for me to think it is anything more than an ordinary feral rock dove(pigeon).
  9. It’s one of the color variants in domestic Muscovies, called lavender. It is a recessive color gene that changes the color to change from black to a soft silver.
  10. Could be just a rock pigeon or could be a racing pigeon, which is one of the domestic breeds, and got lost on a training flight. You might ask around or google to see if there is a club there. Probably NOT an albino. Those are very rare. One of the genetic whites would be my guess.
  11. More than likely belongs to someone there. Not a lot of white birds make it in the wild. It will be fine with any kind of seed, sunflower, millet, canary, peanuts, corn, wheat etc. that is, until a predator comes along. Do not put it in a cage unless you close the door. Easy pickings for a hawk or owl. Pigeons live in Alaska, so probably think Guatemala is a paradise.
  12. Barred blue, white flight, with one of the bronze modifiers, of which there are several kinds. Some color combinations rival exotic birds. Google Archangels and gimpels, as examples. Yes, we are a beautiful lot. 😎
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