Aberrations in plumage coloration in birds

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Guay, Patrick-Jean, Potvin, D and Robinson, Randall ORCID: 0000-0001-8425-0709 (2012) Aberrations in plumage coloration in birds. Australian Field Ornithology, 29 (1). pp. 23-30. ISSN 1448-0107


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.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22213
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0608 Zoology
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
Keywords ResPubID25766, colouration, colour changes, ornithology, feathers, Australian
Citations in Scopus 34 - View on Scopus
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