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Thanks Gas seal, that beak is special, I have only seen an all white Crow once many years ago while fishing the Ribble.

 

Other than the Starling (attached) this Crow is the only other Leucistic one I have come across.

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2 hours ago, grahamch said:

Is it not a Rook with a beak like that?

 

Definitely a Crow, camera angle etc giving a false image. Took a couple of other pics but deleted them unfortunately but I can see why you would say that.

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Hi the way you photographed it it looks like something from a horror picture. After watching the Alfred Hitchcock film the birds on the cinema ,on the bus home we were talking about the best crow decoys , teddy bears with glass eyes, white ferrets, and dead rabbits. A man joined in saying try a feather pillow, the bus conductor was the best he said just use a cardboard cutout of Tippi Hedren . When I was still at school the older men wouldn’t shoot crows.

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I'd have said it's a rook as well from the size of the bird and the silver/grey beak but it doesn't really matter.  I've seen a handful of semi-leucistic ones like this, either a symmetrical lack of colouring such as yours or random, uneven patches of white.

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I can see why some would think it’s a rook initially because of the unusual ventral presentation, and reflections lightening the bill. However the feather-covered nares and ‘wattle’ are just about visible to confirm it is a crow.

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