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A schizochroistic Australian wood duck chenonetta jubata

Guay, Patrick-Jean and Potvin, Dominique (2010) A schizochroistic Australian wood duck chenonetta jubata. Canberra Bird Notes, 35 (3). pp. 153-157. ISSN 0314-8211

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Abstract

While aberrant plumage in birds has been extensively studied in North America and Europe, very little is known of the frequency and causes of aberrant plumage in Australian birds. Many factors including genetics, diet, disease, injury and age have been suggested to play a role in the development of aberrant plumages. Here we describe an adult female Australian Wood Duck showing complete lack of brown pigment and we suggest that this “grey” form of Australian Wood Duck is a case of schizochroism where phaeomelanin has been completely lost.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID20630. Australian birds, Australian wood duck
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
FOR Classification > 0608 Zoology
SEO Classification > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 16 May 2011 06:02
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 02:29
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6747
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