A schizochroistic Australian wood duck chenonetta jubata

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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


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
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6747
Official URL http://cbn.canberrabirds.org.au/
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 0608 Zoology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Keywords ResPubID20630. Australian birds, Australian wood duck
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