Rare Albino robin spotted on Hampstead Heath
ROBIN red breast may be a typical sight on cards and wrapping paper this year – but on Hampstead Heath he is opting for a different, more wintery, look. A rare Albino robin has been spotted singing his Christmas songs from the Heath's trees this week – sh
ROBIN red breast may be a typical sight on cards and wrapping paper this year - but on Hampstead Heath he is opting for a different, more wintery, look.
A rare Albino robin has been spotted singing his Christmas songs from the Heath's trees this week - shocking and delighting wildlife experts.
Unfortunately for him and his like, they are a lot less common than their red coat-wearing brethren as the all-white look is much more noticeable to predators.
Tim Webb, from the Royal Society of Protection of Birds, said: "Robins are quite possibly our most loved native birds. They are usually quite tame and this one has the added 'ahh' factor of being almost all white.
"It's also got a great sense of timing - popping up just at the right moment to wish us all a happy Christmas."
The robin was spotted by visitors to the Heath alongside the tennis courts on Parliament Hill and regularly visits the cherry trees near William Ellis School.
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"If you happen to be on the Heath and spot it - savour the moment," Mr Webb added.
"You'd have to be a very lucky person to ever see another live white robin in the wild. This is a unique and magical experience.