‘Very rare’ white jackdaw seen in Donegal

Fully white bird faces more danger as it will stand out to predators, says Birdwatch Ireland

The fully white crow seen in Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Boland/North West Newspix

The fully white crow seen in Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Boland/North West Newspix

 

A rare white crow has been seen in the Carrigans area of Co Donegal.

Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland said he has never seen a fully white crow and said the find is “very, very rare”.

He said “I have heard reports about them but never actually seen one. This is a fabulous bird, a very striking bird.”

Mr Hatch said that unlike other white birds which are albino, this particular jackdaw is a leucistic bird which means it has some pigment.

Jackdaws are members of the crow family and are mostly found in Europe but can also be found in North Africa and parts of Asia.

The fully white jackdaw may stand out more to predators, says Birdwatch Ireland. Photograph: Joe Boland/North West Newspix
The fully white jackdaw may stand out more to predators, says Birdwatch Ireland. Photograph: Joe Boland/North West Newspix

They can live for between seven and ten years.

However, Mr Hatch warned that this particular bird faces many dangers if it is to live for that time.

He added: “Because it is pure white it will stand out more to the likes of foxes and hawks which could prey on it.

“However, because it is not an albino then it will tend to be a stronger bird and that may give it a good chance.

“But it’s a stunning bird and very rare. I’m just delighted that I got a chance to see it.”