Hummingbirds are colorful creatures! But some are white, or whitish!
Although somewhat rare in nature, there are indeed white hummingbirds! There are three types, a true Albino, and a Leucistic hummingbird ... and a mixture, known as Pied (or Piebald).
Melanin is important for hummingbirds as it dictates skin tone, eye color, feather strength, and ultraviolet sun protection. Less melanin produces a lighter color, while more melanin produces a darker color.
This short video highlights some of the albino, leucistic and pied hummingbird sightings which have been submitted by Hummingbird Central website viewers.
It runs only about 4 minutes and features some easy listening music, so turn up your volume and view some incredible white hummingbirds!
Like all YouTube videos, you can click to run it full screen, and mute the music if you like.
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