Ms. Ealding is correct. Leucism refers to a dilution of plumage, albinism to purely white feathers, a bird with some white feathers is a partial albino (According to technical references anyway) Regards Roger B. Clapp Museum Specialist (and it is a good deal less common than partial albinism). ________________________________ From: va-richmond-general-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:va-richmond-general-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Al Warfield Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 8:33 AM To: WEalding@xxxxxxx; va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [va-richmond-general] Re: Leucistic Downy Wendy, I thought leusistic mean't that some feathers that were normally pigmented are white. Maybe what you have is really a color variation. Maybe Bob Reilly will pick this up and have more info on that. Al Warfield ----- Original Message ----- From: WEalding@xxxxxxx To: va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 5:41 PM Subject: [va-richmond-general] Leucistic Downy At my feeder today, a Downy that was light brown where it would normally be black. Wendy Ealding Powhatan County ________________________________ AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free from AOL at AOL.com <http://www.aol.com?ncid=AOLAOF00020000000339> .