Source: National Geographic News
Birds of a feather usually flock together—but not in the case of a rare ‘white’ mutant penguin, spotted in a chinstrap penguin colony in Antarctica.
Although the bird seems to be albino, it actually has a condition that make its feathers lighten from its dark colors, turning the animal a grayish yellow or pale brown.
In the ocean, penguins’ black backs camouflage the birds from both predator and prey swimming above, so scientists suspects this condition would affect the bird’s survival.
People who have spotted the penguin from a cruise ship in Antarctica were very surprised to see the white penguin, though they were worried that its unique colour would make it stand out to predators.