Sightings of Albino Hummingbird & Leucistic Hummingbirds in California

Sightings of Albino Hummingbird (White) or Leucistic (Partial White) Hummingbirds in California

Hummingbird Information

Albino Hummingbird sightings in California recorded in reverse chronological order:

Albino Hummingbird (White) Hummingbirds Information

White Hummingbirds Reported in Other States / Locations

Poway, California: Cindy Ramsey photographed a white hummingbird at a feeder. She states: “I had a white hummingbird feeding for approximately two to three weeks before it disappeared. (Photograph submitted)

Murrieta, California: Pamela Hudson reported a leucistic hummer on their feeder on 12/14/2017.  She describes it as follows: “Head and upper body were completely white. Underneath darker but wings completely white Could not determine type but appeared to be longer in body than the other varieties.” 12/15/2017

La Quinta, California:   Tracy Wiley reported what appears to be a true albino hummingbird – October 4 & 5, 2017.    

White Hummingbird photographed in La Quinta, California - courtesy of Tracy Wiley

Sacramento, California:  Stacy Bowman reported (with photo) a partial white hummingbird in Sacramento, CA (July 11, 2017).   

Palm Desert, California:  Nicole Campanaro reported a leucistic hummingbird (with photos taken) in Palm Desert, CA.  This white hummingbird was first seen on June 28 and photos were taken on June 30, 2017.  She states the following:  “He appears very friendly and seems to come when called. He loves to sit on the tomato wires in my Father’s 100% organic garden. My parents do NOT have feeders in their yard. I have never seen him eat bugs or drink the nectar from a flower. He will fly to the front yard and look at bougainvillea but I’ve never witnessed contact. He does fly to a couple of other yards in the neighborhood but he always comes back to us. He appears to be very social with other hummers … We predominantly have Anna’s and Costa’s in the Coachella Valley. I thought this might be a male Anna’s.”

White Hummingbird - Palm Desert, CA

San Diego, California:   Nancy Sharp reported, and submitted photos of, a white hummingbird (May 31, 2017).

Vista, California:  Jim Keenan reported, and photographed, a Leucistic Anna’s Hummingbird (May 23, 2017)

Moreno Valley, California:  Charlene Schreurs reported seeing a white hummingbird at the Box Springs Mt park (April 25, 2017)  

Raymond, California (8/29/2016):  Bob and Lois Deisher reported a Leucistic Anna Hummingbird at their feeder.

Santa Cruz, CA (July 2016): AE Wong submitted several images of a Leucistic Anna’s Hummingbird (published below).   

White Ana's Hummingbird in Santa Cruz, CA
White Ana's Hummingbird in Santa Cruz, CA
White Ana's Hummingbird in Santa Cruz, CA

Livermore, CA (Dec. 2015 – 5/2016):  Melanie and Richard Blaylock submitted the following image with the following description: “We’ve had an albino hummingbird in our back yard in Livermore, CA, since about last December.  He/she has taken ownership of one of our feeders and seems to be doing quite well.”   

Partial White Hummingbird sighted in California

San Juan Capistrano, CA (March 6, 2016) Kathy B. Wall e-mailed us photos of a white hummingbird feeding at their garden feeder (March 6, 2016).

Lemon Grove, CA (9/4/2015). Melissa Beauchamp reported a white hummingbird at her feeder.  

Santa Barbara County, CA (August 30, 2015):  Morgan M. Jones submitted several photos of a pied hummingbird (a Black-chinned Hummingbird?).

Albino Hummingbird in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Pied Hummingbird by Morgan M. Jones

Castro Valley, CA:  August 2015:   Jennifer Key reported a very unusual pied hummingbird, and submitted a photo of it that was taken on Aug 7th 2015. She stated that this very atypical Leucistic hummingbird appears to be a regular visitor now – so we are hoping for more photos!    Please refer to below image:

Escondido, CA: July 2015:  A white hummingbird was reported in north Escondido by Janet Lynn Mosemak.  He or she was described as white with a little grey on the almost translucent wing tips.

Agoura Hills, CA:  June 15, 2015:  A deceased white hummingbird was found in front of the Bank of America Corporate office at  29851 Agoura Rd.   It was found, and reported, by Kathy Webber. 

Pasadena, CA  (E California Blvd): May 2015: Mike Halber photographed a white hummingbird at a feeder.

White Hummingbird photographed in Pasadena, California

North Fork, CA 93643 – Various photos of an albino (red-eyed) hummingbird (most likely a female or juvenile Anna’s Hummingbird) taken by Patty Cottington between 5/17-5/19/2015

Santa Clarita, CA: White hummingbird reported on 5/13/2015 by Kat Connolly from Encino, CA. 

San Marcos, CA:  Leucistic hummer reported by Terri Gottberg. The hummingbird is described as white and grey.  April 29, 2015 

Bermuda Dunes, CA:  Lana Worley photographed a partial albino hummingbird nesting at her condo complex. This hummingbird has been around for at least a month. Reported February 24, 2015. 
NOTE:   This nesting female looks very much like the one photographed in 2010 by Chris Aschenbrener in the same county! His photo is at the bottom of this page. It could very well be the same bird, or at the very least a closely related bird.

Leucistic Hummingbird - Nesting Female

Livermore, CA:  Robert S Jones photographed (and submitted photos of) a Pied Hummingbird at a bird feeder (February 2015)

Bonsall, CA 92003:  Geoffrey Smith, DVM reported, and photographed, a piebald/leucistic hummingbird with a pink beak (below). 

Dana Point, CA:  White Hummingbird (Leucistic) reported to be a regular backyard visitor for the last 2 years (2013/2014) – information and photo submitted by Rubia Gafner (11/22/2014). 

White Hummingbird photographed in Dana Point, California

Palm Springs, CA: A leucistic hummingbird (most likely either a Costa’s or Ana’s) was photographed by Robert Allan.  Photo submitted 10/29/2014 (below):

White Hummingbird in Palm Springs

Livermore, CA:  Several white hummingbirds were reported in August 2014 by Judith Kettwig, who also sent us one photograph of a hummer with all white feathers and very light beak. It could be a true albino.  

San Carlos, CA:  Pied Hummingbird.  The tipped beak seems to suggest a Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps ssp. ellioti) or a Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris) – both of which are pretty rare even in their normal forms. Photo taken on August 27, 2014. 

Pied Hummingbird in California

Delano, CA: White hummingbird sighting reported (and photos submitted) by Cheryl Bulk, August 15, 2014

Fairfield, CA: Cathe and Roland reported a family of “whities” in their area.  They photographed one. July 2014.

Lake San Marcos, CA,  San Diego county.   Pied hummingbird photographed on July 10, 11 and 12, 2014 by  Tom Iarossi.  Might be a male Anna’s Hummingbird (throat patch is starting to show – speckling on upper chest).

White Hummingbird
San Marcos - Leucistic Hummingbird
White Hummingbird
Pied Hummingbird

Leucistic / Pied Hummingbird - Trabuco Canyon/Rancho Santa Margarita area of So. California, 12/2013Santa Monica, California – TWO albino hummingbirds spotted by Liv Haro. These hummers were described as being just over an inch long – one being half the size of the other. (Very likely from the same clutch – one being the runt). Sighted in March 2014.

Trabuco Canyon/Rancho Santa Margarita, Southern California – Leucistic hummingbird photographed by Michele Mueller, 12/2013.

Eureka, Humboldt County, CA: Caroline Rouse (rousehouseron [at] aol dot com) reported the sighting of a Leucistic Anna’s Hummingbird on Monday 9/23/2013.

Orange, CA: Leucistic Hummingbird photographed by Don and Grace Modglin [[email protected]] on 9/11/2013.

Leucistic Hummingbird

Foresthill, CA: Photos taken on July 30, 2013, in Foresthill CA, 3400 elevation, on the West slope of the Sierra’s, east of Sacramento. This unique bird flew in with typical large abundance (12-20 at any one time) of Rufous migrating south to Mexico, along with migrating Anna’s.

Male Leucistic (Partial White)

Yuba City, California: a solid white hummingbird was spotted on 7-17-13.

Orange, California; Leucistic hummer seen at the corner of Newport Blvd and Chapman Ave in Orange, CA on 6-17-2013 at 7:55 p.m. Reported by Darrell G. Costello, dcostello1 [at] socal.rr.com

Carlsbad, California: Leucistic hummingbird – submitted by Colleen Foss – 10/2/2012

Vista, California: Irish Wench ([email protected]) reported on 5/21/2013 a leucistic hummingbird at feeder.

Leucistic Hummingbird in Vista, California

San Diego Zoo / Leucistic Partial White Hummingbird – photographed and reported by Beverly Rubio, 9/15/2012.

Partial White Hummingbird at San Diego Zoo

San Diego County, California; Albino/Leucistic Anna’s Hummingbird (photos on this page). Other albino sightings in Thousand Oaks, Shingle Springs

Napa Valley, California: Leucistic hummingbird sighted in the yard of Sandy and Dean Hansen. This particular bird is all white with black bill, eyes and feet. It has some black undertail feathers. It appears healthy and is not shy.

City of San Bernardino, California: Albino or Leucistic hummingbird spotted in Alta Loma, about 2 miles South/West of the North Etiwanda Preserve by Heather Craven (and husband) on Saturday May 25th, 2012 (probably an Anna’s, about the same size and garden frequented by Annas)

Leucistic Hummingbird (Partial Albino) sighting in Napa Valley, CA - 2012
Leucistic Anna’s Hummingbird
Leucistic Anna’s Hummingbird drinking from lily pad in a pond
Albino/Leucistic Anna's Hummingbird drinking from aloe bloom
Leucistic Anna's Hummingbird
Nesting Female Leucistic Anna's Hummingbird (based on the time of year and location). Photo taken in El Dorado County, CA - February 2010)

Did you see one of these rare hummingbirds? If so, please e-mail relevant information (such as date, location, etc.) and photos – if available (including the photographer’s name. THANK YOU!)

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Partial White Hummingbird in Sacramento, CA

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