A complete leucistic Rufous-bellied Thrush (Turdus rufiventris) breeding successfully in central-east Argentina
MARTÍN A. COLOMBO; EXEQUIEL GONZÁLEZ; ADRIÁN JARUREGUI; LUCIANO N. SEGURA
ARARAJUBA: REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE ORNITOLOGIA
SOC BRASILEIRA ORNITOLOGIA
Lugar: Pelotas, RS; Año: 2018
Leucism is a color aberration characterized by the absence of pigmentation which can either be partial or complete. Abnormally colored birds have reduced chances of survival and mating success compared to normally colored individuals. We present a documented record of a complete leucistic adult Rufous-bellied Thrush (Turdus rufiventris) breeding successfully in Cariló, central-east Argentina. In the winter of 2016 we observed a completely white thrush. In the subsequent spring we observed it collecting food and delivering it to two fledglings, which were normally colored. The adult thrush survived its own post-fledging period despite its increased predation risk due to conspicuousness, managed to get a breeding pair and was bred successfully. Since reports of abnormally colored birds breeding in wild populations are rare, we emphasize the importance of making this information available.