Culture Art & Media Photo: Rare Leucistic Flycatcher By Margaret Badore Writer Columbia University Sarah Lawrence College Margaret Badore is a multimedia reporter in New York City. She wrote for Treehugger from 2013 to 2015, and is now web director at the YEARS Project. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Margaret Badore Updated August 13, 2020 M Jon Siemien Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Vermilion flycatchers are usually as vibrant as their name suggests, but this bird is affected by leucism. The genetic condition reduces all types of pigmentation, giving birds and animals a whitish plumage or fur. It's similar to albinism, which only reduces the presence of melanin. Do you want your photo of the great outdoors featured on TreeHugger? Join the TreeHugger Photo Pool on Flickr and add your photos to the group!