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Back to Main MenuWeather HomeSchool Event ClosuresBack to Main MenuPhotos HomePhoto EssaysBuy Photo ReprintsYour PhotosBack to Main MenuVideos HomeNews VideosSports VideosHigh School Sports VideosEntertainment VideosLiving VideosMatthew Boliver, of Castorland, in Lewis County, sent me the photo below of a partially white colored robin that his wife photographed earlier this week.actually nesting on our porch, he said. two eggs. called Laura Erickson, science editor of Cornell Lab of Ornithology, to get her take on it.She told me that because of the bird red breast, yellow beak and dark eyes, it was not a true albino. Birds that are partially albino like this, she said, are called that are true albinos don live very long, she said. Like albino humans, they lack the pigment in their eyes that protects them from ultraviolet light and they end up going blind.While some birds shy away from other birds of their species with different colors, robins don seem to mind, Erickson said.of these leucistic birds find mates and raise young with no problems, she said.banging into my windows constantly, he said. it something to do with spring? It hilarious. Maybe they looking for a woman. said it usually a male bird doing that, but it not Youth Canada Goose Expedition Parka Berry Australia Shop looking for a mate. He looks at the window, sees his reflection and is doing these things to drive an imaginary competitor away.kind of interesting and tragic to watch these birds, she said. way they usually defend their territory is with song and with their plumage.he goes back to singing and doesn hear the other bird, he thinks it gone and then he looks at his reflection and realizes it still there. said when the irritated male bird (usually a robin or a cardinal) raises its head feathers and up, the other imaginary bird matches his aggressive behavior exactly.when he hits that imaginary competitor, it hits back just as hard. In no time, he get fixated and it becomes a real problem as he keeps going at it. some cases the bird can hurt itself, or end up performing its day to day activities, which will hurt him in attracting and keeping a mate, Erickson said.