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This entry was written by whyevolutionistrue and posted on January 29, 2012

My colleague Steve Pruett-Jones called my attention to a remarkable phenomenon: an albino ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris; the only native hummer that breeds east of the Rockies).  These photos are from DiscoveryNews, and were taken in Virginia.  The bird appears to be a true albino since it has pink eyes.

Albinism, seen in many species of animals, results from the inability to synthesize the pigment melanin.

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Wow! I have never seen an albino hummingbird! It is beautiful, but I'm pretty sure that coloration (or lack of) would be selected against, in the wild.  Too contrasting. 


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