Bird Catcher Spots.

I had never heard of Birdcatcher spots.  Have you?

But I had noticed these tiny white spots that appear and disappear on Dalton’s coat.  I thought they were just injuries that would heal over the winter… but it didn’t make sense because he had a lot of them…  there were never any obvious injuries … no scars … and the spots would reappear in different places!  I’m glad to finally have an answer.  Birdcatcher spots!

Here is the video that enlightened me on birdcatcher spots from Tim Anderson.

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The video above explains it well, and then I googled it.  Mr. Google said:

Birdcatcher spots are unique markings found on some horses. Birdcatcher spots are small, white markings that are found on some horses. These spots are believed to be a result of a genetic mutation, and they are most commonly found on horses with dark coat colors.

And then I found this article from Equus.

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I’m glad to finally understand about these spots.

These are all bad photos and I’m sorry.  I didn’t realize how out of focus they were until too late.  But, you will get the idea.

These two spots on Dalton’s hip

These two spots are on his right shoulder

This is on his left side barrel.


OK, so now I feel old and ridiculous… not only have I written about birdcatcher spots, I’ve reposted the original post about birdcatcher spots … so I’ve written about them twice before!  Granted… the article was about many unusual markings… but I still had heard of birdcatcher spots.

Do you know how I realized that I had written about birdcatcher spots previously?  Because Mr. Google returned my own article (double eyeroll).


Here is that article of mine from 2010 and again in 2021.

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  1. Calvin48

    I’ve had a couple of horses over the years (Thoroughbreds) with Birdcatcher spots. I saw a painting of the horse Birdcatcher, and he had quite a few of the white spots. It’s interesting how he came to his name: One day when he was in his paddock some birds flew by and he grabbed one and killed it. Birdcatcher lived from 1833 – 1860, and in those days horses were usually not named until they were older and their personalities were known. As a popular sire, Birdcatcher passed his spots through the Thoroughbred bloodlines.

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