An Albino Sparrow, one of the rarest birds in the world, (now assumed deceased as sparrows generally only live for 3 years) lived at Sanctuary Lakes Resort, Point Cook and was spotted back in 2015.
Described as the ‘one in a million neighbour’ and named by residents as the ‘Little White Angel,’ the small bird was the rarest of the most common breed of birds. The sparrow lived happily on private property and enjoyed a daily feed with other birds.
Bob Winters, a resident of Sanctuary Lakes Resort and bird watching expert, said the Albino Sparrow is extremely rare with few sightings around the world, making the presence of the sparrow at Sanctuary Lakes Resort of international importance, and possibly the first time the bird had been sighted in Australia.
The high-quality environment and extensive open space at Sanctuary Lakes Resort, with an eighteen-hole Greg Norman designed golf course and a beautifully maintained lake, twice the size of Albert Park Lake, combined with the source of food in residents’ gardens, has made Sanctuary Lakes Resort a haven for over one hundred and forty-seven species of birds.
Clearly, the supply of food and sheltered environment at Sanctuary Lakes Resort provided a safe environment for the ‘Little White Angel’ as albino birds face considerable challenges being highly visible to predators, often attacked by their own flock making it rare for them to survive to maturity.
TV and Film Producer Tom Parkinson, the Sanctuary Lakes Resort resident, who helped capture the sparrow on film, said back in 2015, “The Albino Sparrow has survived the predators and is now a plump fluffy sparrow albeit a bright shining white one.”
“We expect the images of this rare bird at Sanctuary Lakes Resort to go around the world.”
Just this month another white sparrow has been spotted in the small New South Wales town of Quirindi.