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Taxidermy - White Blackbird by Illahie Taxidermy - White Blackbird by Illahie
The white black bird. A incredibly rare beauty indeed! Not to be mistaken with a albino (since it's not), it is a recessive gene that gets the chance to make itself known once in a blue moon generation. The only thing that puzzles me is the leg color, since normal black birds have dark brown/near black legs, and this one clearly had skin colored legs which would be more common with albino trades. Odd one, but one of the few pure white black birds stunning.

~To whom it may concern, (please read before accusing me of anything!)
This Blackbird died a natural cause. NONE of the animals I work on are killed for the purpose of taxidermy only and most are found along side the road or come from bird/animal breeders in the area.
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SherlockHolmes90 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's an oxymoron XD
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fishskillet Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the taxiderpy!
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beau-diddly Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! I've never seen a pure white blackbird before. We have (at least, we used to) have a lineage of blackbirds in our area who had white patches on the chest (male and female) in my area. I think that gene has pretty much vanished from around here, though...
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Illahie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not to mention that as young birds the full whites are unable to hide from predators and are very easy to spot!
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beau-diddly Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah! Do you think female blackbirds would be less attracted to white males as well? Not that it would matter too much anyway, seeing as the male would have to mate with a closely-related female who also carried the recessive gene...
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boltlover12 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Beautiful work :thumbsup:
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Illahie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
many thanks! :D
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SamsterFX45 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
WHOA! :wow: That's amazing!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you!
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Suzycxiong Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Hi,
May you tell me where you got this? I want to purchase two of these birds, but need them to stand on their own two feet. May you help me?

Thanks!
Sue
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hiya Sue!
Unfortunately getting birds as taxidermy pieces to stand on their own feet is rather difficult and not very stable. Next to that, getting your hands on another specimen as white as this one would be nearly impossible!

I'd suggest looking online at auctions site, maybe locate an antique or two
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Suzycxiong Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Hi, I'd like to buy 2 of the same type from you except it must stand on its own two feet. Is there any way you can contact me? I'd like to discuss more with you. Thanks! -Sue
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Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
wow, very nice! really neat, how did you come across a lusitic(sp?) black bird? it must have been fun to work with ;P
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Illahie Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Someone found it while walking in the forest. I never thought I'd ever see a blackbird as white as this make it to adulthood. But it's a beauty indeed!
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Jess4564 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perty!!! :D
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Illahie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know :) Isn't it just something else?
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Jess4564 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh definitley, i never knew it could happen
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NigNag Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
outstanding
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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spligity Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student General Artist
hmm, this is all news to me!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Learn something new everyday :)
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
This piece has been featured here: [link]

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SaitouuRyuuji Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
wow now this is just simply amazing. I always thought taxadermy was awesome and cool but for some reason this one caught my fancy. Its truly magnificent to see something as rare as this.

Before the bird died was it living out in the wild or bred by a breeder? Nature can be truly amazing sometimes.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
This bird came from the wild, but when a local bird breeder saw the white one he captured it and moved it to the safety of his own enclosures to make sure it would live for a long time to come :)
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SaitouuRyuuji Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
wow that's awesome.
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Debi62 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009   Digital Artist
I didn't know there even *WAS* such a thing as a white blackbird! Your work has definitely been teaching me a thing or two today! It's very pretty too!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much :) And believe me, it was the first time I ever saw a white blackbird!
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pheonixbat Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Wow I've never seen such a bird before! And what beautiful work you did on this! :D
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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Deathcomes4u Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
I must say you're a LOT better than many taxidermists given the work ive seen for museums, birds are especially hard i would imagine, ive seena robin that looked nothing like the live creature it was so deflated and lifeless, but you manage so well to capture the gestures and stances the animal would naturally have taken, i really must take my hat off to you.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I completely agree with you on that. Most of these animals show the lack of love and attention that they NEED to be brought back to..well.. life almost :)

Thank you!
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makibird Featured By Owner May 7, 2008   Photographer
I think he's leucistic ^^

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Illahie Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, it is Leucisism :) I forgot to add that in the description when trying to explain it's not a bog standard albino XD
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makibird Featured By Owner May 17, 2008   Photographer
Really is beautiful. I've never been fond of taxidermy, but this is lovely. I guess it's kinda nice to keep hold of something so pretty and unique for others to enjoy.
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I agree with that completely :)
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crimsonvermillion Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is just so cool!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks!
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Kody-Boye Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Professional Writer
Wow, really pretty bird. I like the way you present these animals. It's very nice.

How are the leaves/logs/dirt/etc. preserved on the mount?
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Leaves, small pieces of wood and dirt are all baked and preserved, so there won't be any bugs and such eating things over time. After baking, they're allowed to soak up a velvet varnish, which will sturdy leaves and such for a long life
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RennandTorak4ever Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
how the heck can a blackbird be white???!!!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
It´s the amazing whitebird! Its a form of albinism :) Only minus the red eyes
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Van-Weasel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous, one of nature's finest "mistakes". I wish I had the courage to learn taxidermy. I see so many roadkilled animals or little birds that have flown into windows, and I find it such a shame that I only have the chance to observe them that upclose when they are dead. Its would be marvelous to be able to preserve animals the way you do.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
It´s how I got started in taxidermy really. I wanted to teach and show people how beautiful animals are. And since you´d be lucky to see them in the wild, traffic victims are a good way to not let their bodies go to waste
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
brilliant! lucky find.
i don't like the sharp cut-off end of the branch... but i guess it's too late now. ;p
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Illahie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
As far as I remember it was a broken off piece of wood.. But it does look like a sharp cut from that angle
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
oops. ;p
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neon-possum Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wow..... I've never seen a white blackbird before. Its so beautiful! Does somebody own this guy now, they are very lucky! Gorgeous :3
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yup, it was a commission from the bird breeder himself. :)
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neon-possum Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wow... lucky lucky!
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alshshaen Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just lovely. Beautiful work!
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