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"Albino" penguin sighted

An "albino" - or more correctly, "leucistic" Adelie Penguin has been photographed in Antartica.

Researchers say the non-pigmented form is very rare as these individuals rarely breed and often attract predators.

The bird is 1 in a 4000 strong population. Although the scientists do tag Adelie Penguins, they haven't tagged the leucistic form and are unsure if it is the same individual they see returning each year.

Full article at ABC

Photo of Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) showing leucistic colouration by Mawsons Hut Foundation (Brett Jarrett) from the source article at ABC and normal colouration by Stan Shebs from Wikipedia.

Adelie Penguin Pygoscelis adeliae showing normal and unpigmented, albino or leucistic colouration

Posted by: admin on 06th Jan 2008 06:20 PM
Updated by: admin on 06th Jan 2008 06:21 PM
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