Re: Colour chart

To: (Kim Lim)
Subject: Re: Colour chart
From: Stephen Greenfield & Kit Hansen <>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 97 22:16 CST
One standard color reference is Frank B. Smithe, Natutalist's Color Guide
and Supplement, NY: American Museum of Natural History, 1975 (but later
revised, I think).  The guide has 86 color swatches; the supplement has a
lengthy discussion of this and other color scales, and of each of their 86
colors, including numerous examples in nature.  I bought a copy in their
museum bookshop a long time ago... if you can't find something in Australia,
I can find out how you can order one from the US.

At 03:41 PM 2/11/97 +1100, you wrote:
>... A major problem in describing colour in the plumage and soft parts of birds
>is the huge range of colour subtleties found in our feathered friends. I
>have read of a colour chart that is sometimes used, especially by museum
>workers, as a standard reference for description of colours in birds. The
>name eludes me so would anyone out there have info as to what this colour
>chart is called and its availibility in Oz?
>Kim-Chye Lim (Mr)
>1/117 Hubert Street
>East Vic Park  WA 6101
>Tel: (09) 472 3392 (H)
>      (09) 387 0745 (W)

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