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Super rare albino bird spotted in Somerset

Credit: Carl Bovis

An extremely rare albino house sparrow has been spotted in Somerset.

This one was captured on camera amongst a small colony in Westonzoyland.

They're one of the rarest birds in the world and are distinctive because of their pink eyes and pure white feathers.

Most white wild birds seen are leucistic, lacking pigment, and they are rare in themselves, but a true albino bird, with pink eyes is incredibly rare!

– Carl Bovis, photographer

RSPB monitoring suggests a severe decline in the UK house sparrow population, recently estimated as dropping by 71 per cent between 1977 and 2008 with substantial declines in both rural and urban populations.