Museum specimen colour deterioration

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Subject: Museum specimen colour deterioration
From: "Peter Shute (NUW)" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 13:22:33 +1100
On Tuesday, December 12, 2006 2:16 PM Geoffrey Dabb wrote:

Bird observers
may be divided into those who can see purple in P. p.
melanotus, and those who see only blue.  Some writers do just say
Leading exponent for the purple faction is the Simpson & Day guide,
not only declares for the purple but shows an unlikely violet in its
illustration.  ('Purple' is usually a synonym for 'violet' or a more
colour on the red side of violet.)

I just read this again and looked up some photos. and both show it as having a different colour on the front the back, whatever you call it. So Simpson and Day might have the wrong colour, but the contrast in the two colours isn't exaggerated. The museum specimen looked pretty much the same all over to me.

Peter Shute

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