‘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
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.
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.”