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Leiston: Rare white sparrow caught on camera

18:15 22 May 2014

White house sparrow, pictured by Raymond Balls

White house sparrow, pictured by Raymond Balls

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This uncommon little character - an albino house sparrow - was spotted hopping around a garden in Suffolk by one of our keen-eyed contributors.

White house sparrow, pictured by Raymond BallsWhite house sparrow, pictured by Raymond Balls

Raymond Balls managed to grab a couple of snaps when the bird landed outside his home in Leiston.

The white feathers are very rare and occur as a result of leucism - a condition that affects skin pigment but does not turn the eyes pink like albinism.

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A fascinating find worth sharing on our website. If you spot an unusual-looking member of the wildlife community, why not send us a photo? We might publish it online.

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