This bird, we call the “ghost", because it really stands out in our woods this winter. What I have read about Leucism ;“ It is a genetic mutation that prevents melanin and other pigments from being deposited normally on feathers, resulting in pale or muted colors on the entire bird."
The lighter color on the bird makes it stand out more to predators. Also not having the right color it will make it harder for this bird to find a strong mate. If a bird has a large amount of melanin in its feathers, it will make their feathers weaker and they will wear out faster. It will be harder for the bird to stay warmer in cold weather and to fly like it should.
I sure hope this bird makes it through the winter months here in KY.
In the fall and winter months cardinals hang out together, in small or large flocks. By joining up with other cardinals they can hunt together for food. It is also safer for them to with others birds; it gives them more eyes to watch for predators. Cardinals do not migrate south when the weather gets cold. They can have a long life; one reason could be that they don’t get stress out by migrating to warmer areas every year.
Northern Cardinals, male--- Red wings, they brighten up a grey sky and my heart in the winter months
One waxwing said," Let's gather at the water place and play a game of who is king or queen of the rock. Remember, what happens at the rock, stays at the rock."
After fussing at other waxwings, the king of the rock gives the queen a kiss to makeup. Along comes the Boss, Mr. Robin to break the group up. They had fun while it lasted. The photos here were taken in November.