By Zachariah Hughes
Anchorage Daily News 

Rare white raven grabs attention in Anchorage


October 26, 2023

Marc Lester / ADN

A white raven takes flight with a black one from a rooftop in Midtown Anchorage on Tuesday. The white raven appears to be leucistic, or lacking in melanin pigment.

An unusual white raven has been seen repeatedly around Anchorage in recent days, captivating birders, photographers and amateur wildlife enthusiasts.

"It looks like a leucistic bird, so a bird that's lacking melanin in its feathers," said Lisa Pajot, a volunteer with a local avian rehabilitation organization, Bird TLC, who spent 20 years working as a bird biologist.

The condition is slightly different from albinism, marked by full white cover and red eyes. The raven spotted in Midtown Anchorage this week has blue eyes, indicative of leucism, a lack of melanin pigments in some or all feather...

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