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Aberrations in plumage coloration in birds

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posted on 2012-03-01, 00:00 authored by Patrick GuayPatrick Guay, D A Potvin, R W Robinson
Plumage aberrations are not uncommon in birds, but there is some confusion in the literature, especially in relation to albinos. Plumage aberrations in birds are better known in Europe and North America than in Australia, where, however, several reports have been published recently. In this paper, we review the various types and causes of plumage aberrations, focussing on those that arise from abnormal incorporation of pigments in growing feathers and thus result in aberrant coloration of the plumage.

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Journal

Australian field ornithology

Volume

29

Issue

1

Pagination

23 - 30

Publisher

BirdLife Australia

Location

Nunawading, Vic.

ISSN

1448-0107

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2012, BirdLife Australia

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