Extremely rare ghostly albino pheasant is spotted stalking the fields near a rural roadside in Devon
- Sharp-eyed travellers on the A379 near Yealmpton have seen the rare pheasant
- Plumed in white feathers it makes a contrast to the common brown birds
- Rufus Sage, from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust called it a ‘rare genetic mutation or phenotype’
A ghostly presence has been seen spotted stalking the fields of Devon.
Sharp-eyed travellers on the A379 near Yealmpton have seen a rare albino pheasant in the surrounding fields.
Plumed in white feathers it makes a contrast to the common brown birds.
Sharp-eyed travellers on the A379 near Yealmpton have seen the rare albino pheasant
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David George of the National Farmers Union, said: ‘It seems appropriate that this rather unusual, spectre-like pheasant has put in an appearance at Halloween.
‘Hopefully it hasn’t given anyone too much of a fright.’
But if birds of a feather flock together, where are its friends?
You are unlikely to see many of these said Rufus Sage, head of lowland gamebird research at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Plumed in white feathers it makes a contrast to the common brown birds in the fields
You are unlikely to see many of these said Rufus Sage, said expert from game trust
‘It’s an albino pheasant, a fairly rare genetic mutation or phenotype whereby the body can’t make colour,’ he said.
‘It can occur in lots of animals including humans of course.
‘Interestingly the male will keep its red wattles and you can sort of see that.’
Devon ornithologist Rodney Bone, who started bird watching nearly 60 years ago, said: ‘I’ve never seen an albino pheasant in all those years.
‘It would be quite a treat to see one and for anyone interested in birds, so I hope it comes my way.’
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