Identification Hen Redhead???

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Identification Hen Redhead???

Postby doubletheshovel » Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:30 pm

I shot this bird a few weeks ago. I am pretty sure it is a hen redhead. I was just wondering if anyone knows why there is white on her head. Thanks for the responses in advance.
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Re: Identification Hen Redhead???

Postby wanapasaki » Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:32 pm

Looks like a ring neck if you check my posts I shot one similiar, but I guess the redheads have a red sheen to their wings, and the redhead hens have white that traces around the bill
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Re: Identification Hen Redhead???

Postby loon » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:53 am

Its called piebald ,deer get it, pretty much everything can be that way. just an area of skin with no melanocytes so hair or feathers come out white. check out google images for piebald
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Re: Identification Hen Redhead???

Postby TooTall » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:14 am

White feathers on the head of hen divers are quite common and have nothing to do with being piebald.
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Re: Identification Hen Redhead???

Postby loon » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:29 pm

Oh really ? Then WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO DO With ?
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Re: Identification Hen Redhead???

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:20 pm

loon wrote:Oh really ? Then WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO DO With ?

Lots of geese have them too. I think you'd see more white if if it were a piebald.
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Re: Identification Hen Redhead???

Postby loon » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:55 am

Piebald is just a general term that refers to unpigmented feathers, fur or skin. The cause of the white areas is leucism the amount of unpigmented areas can vary a great deal from small diffuse spots to large areas or most of the animal, bird or fish. :thumbsup:
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Re: Identification Hen Redhead???

Postby Shade » Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:12 pm

You are all fools. Clearly she is just really old and getting gray hair!!! :lol3: :lol3:
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Re: Identification Hen Redhead???

Postby duckman27 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:35 pm

Just a regular old hen redhead. We killed a bunch of them with the white on their head early in the season last year
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