Leucistic Turkey Vulture

Our time in the Florida Keys was over. We were heading home after Arthur’s turtle conference in early December, taking US1 across the Keys back to the mainland. We were speeding along Lower Matecumbe Key when I spotted a white mass perched on a telephone poll.

Leucistic Turkey Vulture

Leucistic Turkey Vulture

We turned around for a better look. It was a nearly all-white Turkey Vulture!

Leucistic Turkey Vulture

Oh my goodness, how unusual and beautiful! I was oohing and aahing. 🙂

Leucistic Turkey Vulture

Quite a few feathers look to have some brown on them, so this bird is not an albino. A Turkey Vulture with normal plumage would have a red head just like this bird does.

Leucistic Turkey Vulture

This beauty was not my first leucistic bird, but it was my first leucistic vulture, and my first leucistic bird in Florida. 🙂

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5 Responses to Leucistic Turkey Vulture

  1. Hi Amy, I am writing a blog post about leucistic birds in the Bahamas, specifically on Abaco. In looking for additional examples I came across this wonderful TV (TUVU?) of yours. May I use it, duly credited and with a link to PbB if you wish? Or however you prefer… Quite understand if you’d prefer not! RH

  2. Ashley says:

    Hi! I saw a leucistic vulture on Big Pine Key today! I imagine it might even be the same bird you photographed. Thank you so much for the pictures I couldn’t get.

  3. David Eppley says:

    I photographed one this morning in North Ft. Myers, on Bayshore. I was there shooting Harriet and PB at their nest and the Leucistic vulture flew across the west pasture. I’ve posted a photo on my Facebook page, if you’re interested. https://www.facebook.com/David-Eppley-Photography-453803511405998/?ref=hl

  4. David says:

    I saw one today over Lake Geneva in Keystone Heights Florida. I was so shocked to see a white Turkey Buzzard I had to look it up.

  5. Ashley Pond says:

    And I finally did get a picture. Apparently there are at least two in the lower Keys. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pangyre/25534287524

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