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Leucistic Owls

About Leucism

Leucism is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin. [1]

Leucistic Owls

Leucistic Barred Owl
Leucistic Barred Owl Strix varia, Hunter's Park, Duluth, Minnesota, USA © Michael Furtman
Leucistic Barking Owl
Leucistic Barking Owl Ninox connivens with its normal sibling. Townsville, Queensland, Australia © Ian Boyd. It is possible that this is the same individual as the photo below. This photo was taken a couple of years before, and about 14km away from the one below.
Leucistic Barking Owl
Leucistic Barking Owl Ninox connivens, Townsville, Queensland, Australia © Alan Blackburn
Leucistic Great Horned Owl
Leucistic Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus © Paul Miller
Leucistic Barred Owl
Leucistic Barred Owl Strix varia, Central Illinois © Amy Linnabary
Leucistic Spotted Owlet
Leucistic Spotted Owlet Athene brama, Golaghat, Assam, India © Golap Gogoi
Leucistic Scops Owl
Leucistic Common Scops Owl Otus scops, central Russia © Andrey Safonov

[1] Leucism article at Wikipedia.

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