Rare bird

Staff at Red Bud High School have noticed an unusual bird hanging around the school’s softball fields over the past few weeks – a white robin. This robin is not albino, but rather leucistic. This is a condition were the bird lacks melanin, which gives the feathers of a normal bird a brown-gray or black tone, so feathers on a leucistic robin that should be dark appear white. Leucistic birds still have the pigments that give their eyes, beaks and breasts the normal (but sometimes washed out) colors.