Museum specimen colour deterioration

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Subject: Museum specimen colour deterioration
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 21:57:04 +1100
"    The Tas. Native Hen may have had other dark feathers brushed over 
its white side-markings"

I went back and had another quick look just before I left this afternoon. There 
is actually a little white on it. I expected a large patch, but there were 
perhaps three feathers with a thin white stripe (bar?) across them. You 
wouldn't see them with the naked eye from more than a couple of metres away.

While on the subject of native-hens, Simpson and Day show the black taile NH as 
being present but not breeding in Tasmania. They don't look like the type of 
bird to fly across Bass Straight though.
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