Antarctica White Penguin found in Aitcho Islands (Photo)

By on Jan 14, 2012 in Amazing, Animals, Science Comments
Antarctica White Penguin

White Penguin
Image Credit: David Stephens

A rare white penguin was found in the Aitcho Islands of Antarctica by National Geographic Explorers, according to a report by the National Geographic Daily News on Thursday, January 12, 2012.

The nearly all-white Chinstrap penguin was photographed by David Stephens, while onboard the Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Explorer ship. He later described the rare leucistic bird as “whitish, but not quite an albino.”

The National Geographic report say that leucistic penguins or albinistic penguins got their whitish color due to a reduced level of pigmentation on their feathers. They are differentiated from albino penguins due to their pigmented eyes.

Reports say that survival of white leucistic birds might be affected since penguins black backs camouflage them from predator and prey.

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