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Saw this bird with another normal-appearing female and 9 chicks in Southeastern Michigan at my parents housing complex. Is this a leucistic bird or a hybrid with a domestic or what?

Thanks in advance.

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I'm guessing it's leucistic.  That's based on the theory that if it was a hybrid, it would have passed the color along to the offspring.

Of course, that assumes the offspring are hers and not the other female's.  In which case, I'm full of guano again.

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15 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

  In which case, I'm full of guano again.

:classic_laugh:

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See them all the time up here, the smoke phase is a pretty cool looking bird, they are not domestic bred,just a natural color form, heres one from jersey

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Lovely photo.  From my reading, this is an autosomal recessive trait but is also far more common in females (95%). There are very limited statistics about how frequently this occurs - some say rare and others not uncommon. Might be a good project for someone at Cornell to take on.

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