|Close up of the Lutino (?) Eastern Long-billed Corella|
The bird you see here is believed to be a Lutino Eastern Long-billed Corella. The bird differs from the wild type in the colouration of the eyes, feet, beak and skin around the eye. I have supplied a comparison shot of the mutation next to a normal Long-billed Corella. I am sure those viewing will agree that it is a mutation that barely stands out.
|Note the differences between Wild Type Left Vs Mutation Right|
It was noticed at the time during handling that this bird was different from the other trapped birds. As with the other trapped birds this one was put up for sale although for a higher price. Many who have walked past this bird at the shop where it is for sale have not noticed the difference and this might explain why the bird lived successfully in the wild. The likelihood of this mutation being predated in the wild is much less compared to many other mutations as the overall colour of the bird has not changed greatly.
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