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A white hummingbird!

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A leucistic hummingbird at University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum.

Leucistic hummingbirds can produce some melanin, and have black eyes, bills and feet. Their feathers may be pure white, whitish, off-white, partially-white, tan, or gray instead of the normal colors for that species. These are somewhat rare, but not as rare as the true albino hummingbird.

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