Sunday, February 9, 2020

The White Ravens

I saw these pictures on Facebook, and just had to show you. Especially since so many of you are birdwatchers like us. These are white Ravens. Did you know there even is such a thing?


These are on Vancouver Island, where there is a big colony of them. They are quite rare.

There is a belief that seeing a White Raven signifies the impending end of the world. Nowadays that doesn't seem so far fetched!


"Quote the Raven, "Nevermore".
E.A. Poe



18 comments:

Ruth Hiebert said...

That is certainly not the normal sighting. I have seen a white/albino Robin.

Chatty Crone said...

They are quite beautiful Ginny - but no, I did not know those even existed!

Linda said...

I did not know This! They are much prettier than the black ones!

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

They are very rare. You might like to read thiss article Ginny. https://www.reshareworthy.com/white-ravens/

Hootin' Anni said...

They're luesistic. They have the DNA of black ravens, but lack the pigment. Most bird species have the rarities like this. If they were albino they'd have pink eyes instead of black.

Hootin' Anni said...

Gonna go read Margaret's link now.

Hootin' Anni said...

Yep...article says no pigment, and not albino

Ann said...

They are really pretty. I have never heard of these. My first thought was albino but they don't have the pink eyes.

Carol said...

These are beautiful birds. I was not aware that there were white ravens, but I am thankful that you have shared this with us. I will be reading the article above as well. Always enjoy learning about animals.
We had a red-tailed hawk in our yard yesterday. I hadn't seen one in a long time.

Tamago said...

I've never heard of white raven before. They are beautiful!

Natalia said...

I knew about this, but haven't seen them, so pretty!

Tanya Breese said...

Oh wow I never knew about white Ravens! They are really pretty!

George said...

I didn’t know. there were white ravens. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

MadSnapper said...

I have never heard of white ravens, and they are really kind of weird. excellent photos of these strange birds.. they fit right in with all the melting icebergs and earthquakes, storms and other signs of the times.

DeniseinVA said...

Those white ravens are very striking. I have seen other white animals but never a raven. Thanks for sharing these photos :)

Rose said...

My, they are strange, strange looking.

L. D. said...

I have never heard of one of these birds before. Great to see. Thanks.

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Oh wow, I've never heard of white ravens before.

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