a great blue heron affected by melanism. melanism is a genetic mutation where melanin is overproduced and darkens typical coloration. it isn’t known if it has negative effects on the animal; melanin is an important component in birds’ feathers, and birds who underproduce melanin suffer from weak feathers, so it is possible the mutation serves some benefits.
everyone give it up for my chain of 20,000 wurmples 😞
#original nonsense#personal #20k wurmples and just 2 melanistics..... would be hoping for much better chances considering i see a lot of ppl that get their first melan #within 1000 eggs. and igot mine after 13000. like i feel like im doing something wrong here.
Odd behavior today from Carmine the coyote. As soon as he saw me, he got off his perch, ran down, came close to the fence, and looked right at me. The coyotes usually don’t give a shit. I know I’m anthropomorphizing like hell but it was like he was saying “whoa hey girl you good?”
#he’s melanistic which is why he’s solid black #out of shirt
There’s so many bird myths out there that many still believe like “if you touch a baby bird, the momma won’t come back.” This however was a pretty new myth that I came across on a cartoon web comic The Bird Guide.
Before I debunk some of this information, I want to add that this particular comic made by The Bird Guide was comparing the injustices and struggles of the black community to owls with darker pigment. This comic was in very poor taste as owls aren’t being threatened in the streets nor do owls face racial discrimination. I wish they would’ve taken a chance to cover black birders and how we can help them enjoy the hobby. Anyways without further or due, let’s break into this.
So let’s dig into these two big claims.
The first claim “Black/dark owls are usually killed by their parents.”
And the second claim “Sable the barn owl would likely be killed within 12 hours by other owls due to her color.”
So let’s start off by trying to find where this information originated from. Doing some looking around, I cannot find any credible research that suggests either of these specific bold claims. Research gate has does however have an interesting study on the variation of Melanism in Ural owls.
“Do dark barn owls get abandoned by their parents purely due to color”
No. There isn’t any known credible information that suggests that Melanistic or darker barn owls are at a higher risk of being killed by their parents aside from the information that came from Sable’s owner. Owl parents aren’t going to just stop feeding a chick if it happens to look different. Now here’s the thing, many birds WILL try to ensure most of their chicks are well fed but in the case where a chick might be unhealthy, the parents will likely put more effort into feeding the bigger healthier chicks. (This happens to chicks with REGULAR looking plumage.) It was said that Sable was abandoned by their mother but was the product of captive breeding so there’s also the possibility of other factors being the reason for Sable being abandoned maybe stress or environment related? Anyways.. it’s a pretty BIG leap to claim that barn owls having dark pigment leads to chick abandonment. Not to mention we have some Tyto species with naturally dark plumage that wouldn’t exist if this myth were true. The Lesser Antillean Barn Owl (Tyto insularis) and the Greater sooty owl (Tyto tenebricosa)
The second claim
“Sable the barn owl would likely be killed within 12 hours by other owls due to her color.”
(Wild Melanistic barn owl that was found in Wyoming)
Here’s the thing. Sable would ABSOLUTELY have a higher risk of dying if released but this is not due to her dark plumage. Sable is a captive bred imprinted barn owl, meaning she doesn’t have the necessary skills to thrive in the wild. Imprinted owls rely heavily on their keepers for food like most animals in captivity do. Sable would more than likely struggle to hunt for food due to her lack of experience. As for the “She would likely be killed by other owls within 12 hours.” This is completely false. There’s been sightings of healthy melanistic owls in the wild that obviously lived past 12 hours if they’re adults. Owls are territorial and they can be notorious for getting in scuffles (some of them being fatal) but it’s definitely NOT due to an owl having darker pigment.
My mom and I were talking about fursonas so I drew myself one
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#she's so cute #she's almost 50 and just talking about how she wanted a fursona #hers is a horse and I'm considering drawing it for her next #just started work again so going to be super busy #my fursona is a cross fox or a #melanistic fox#fursona#furry #I don't consider myself a furry but the style in general is cute #fox#animal#digital art#illustration#digital illustration #artists on tumblr #art #paint tool sai #paws are rather hard to draw smh
I neeed to get this melan on pokefarm so i can stop being obsessed with this game. My life is crumbling because i am obsessed with pokefarm.
#I'M EXAGGERATING #but i do feel like i need to stop spending so much time on this game and put my brain to other places. #but ive been working towards this random chance goal for so long -_- its hard to sort of peel myself away from it because im so hopeful #SIGHHHHHH #melanistic hunting on pokefarm is evil. dont do it #lonely dog speaks
Colour anomalies in the Short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)
As some of you may know I’ve a bit of a weak spot for everything weird with cetaceans: hybrids, deformities, colour anomalies - I love it all. And Short-beaked common dolphins are a gold mine in that last department. I don’t think any other species displays quite so many different anomalies, and with such frequency, as this one. Some, like the melanistic form, are almost ‘normal’ and quite stereotypical in their presentation. Others, like the dolphins in row 4, are highly unique. So earlier this year I made this poster documenting all know anomalies - initially just for fun but I ended up quite liking it! I hope you’ll have fun perusing the oddities of Delphinus delphis too.
Most of these are based on several animals with similar anomalies. However, since the animals in row 4 are all so unique, here’s specific credits to their spotters: 4A was an individual stranded in the UK; 4B, D and E are all photographed by Lisa Steiner of Whale Watch Azores; 4C by Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari, 4F by Marilia Olio, and 4G was published in this article here.
Don’t mind me, definitely not designing pokemon starters with various palettes
#pokemon#fan made#for fun#fakemon#babies <3 #Uhh.... feel free to suggest names? #or tell me which one you would pick! #normal shiny albino and melanistic palettes #yeah sure pokemon don't have albino or whatever variants #but in my fictional region I do what I want #also minor male and female variations #cuz why not