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Tuesday, May 20, 2003

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An unusual white American robin, most likely a partial albino, perches on a fence near its nest in the St. Henry park Monday morning. According to a Web site about the American robin, albinism is the absense of any pigment in the skin, including the eyes and feathers. Animals with albinism have poor eyesight because pigments in the irises and retinas protect them from light. For some reason, albinism and partial albinism have been recorded in robins more than any other wild bird species. Most albino robins are partial albinos, the Web site states.