An albino Collared Kingfisher

An earlier posting about albino birds and the pair of juvenile albino Javan Mynas (Acridotheres javanicus) seen at the Visitors Centre of the Singapore Botanic Gardens around May-June 2006 got the attention of Serene Tang who e-mailed me saying that her friend actually had an image of the bird. Peter Cheong then generously sent in his image that it is now incorporated into the original blog posting.

And now, James Heng has written in with his encounter in Johor, Malaysia:

“Thanks for the good read on albino birds. About two years ago, I was at Parit Jawa and saw this solitary albino Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris). The other few Collared Kingfishers would perch together and interact but whenever this albino flew over, the rest would quickly fly away.

“It must have been very lonely. Wonder if it is still alive today?”

Thank you James Heng, for this exciting note and the images. Image of the normal Collared Kingfisher is by Chan Yoke Meng.

2 Responses

  1. KF

    By golly! a lot of weird things about birds are coming out into the open. All thanks to YC and his BESG. Keep them coming please!! Bagus, KF

  2. Shuyi

    Ah. It sounds like the survival of the fittest thingie. They might by instinct know that the albino had bad genes and so deliberately not want to associate with it so as not to pass down such genes.

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