A few weeks ago we noticed a bird flying around and coming to the bird feeders. It appeared to be all white with a red cap. We don't have all white birds so we started to investigate. We determined the bird to be a leucistic red bellied woodpecker This is a definition given on the web for leucistic:
|This is a normal red bellied woodpecker.
|Notice the red cap.
|Notice the red belly.
This is somewhat different from an albino bird which has no color and pink eyes.only about 1 bird in 30,000 has leucistic or albinistic plumage. Based on these results, leucism and albinism are very rare occurrences among birds.