RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. - A Tennessee hunter bagged the “turkey of a lifetime,” a bird with nearly all white feathers, state wildlife officials said Saturday.
Cameron Bond, of Warren County, shot the 20-pound leucistic turkey, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.
WHOA! TURKEY OF A LIFETIME!— TWRA (@tnwildlife) April 13, 2019
Cameron Bond of Warren Co, took a leucistic gobbler in Rutherford Co.
Leucism is a loss of pigmentation.
Bond's bird weighed 20#. It's beard measured 9 1/2" beard it's spurs .75". #tnwildlife
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Leucism is a loss of pigmentation, according to wildlife officials. It is different than albinism, which is caused by a lack of melanin.
“Leucism is fairly common in birds, whereas albinism is much less common,” according to Tennessee wildlife officials. “Abnormal plumages is one of the most perplexing issues that bird watchers encounter. Many people see white birds that are not normally white and call them albinos. In only a few cases is this technically true.”
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