I have just emailed Richard Prum regarding this blog. Hopefully he
will clear up the mystery.
On 15/05/2009, at 10:03 AM, Peter Shute wrote:
But is the comment by Richard Prum genuine? If so, he misspelt his
own name, and I thought it odd that he didn't even discuss the
possibility of staining, but at least he asked for a sample.
I'm not saying it's definitely staining and not a mutation, just that
it's odd that the possibility of staining has barely been entertained
in the articles or the comments.
From: Andrew Taylor
Sent: Friday, 15 May 2009 9:36 AM
To: Peter Shute
Subject: more Sydney Blue sparrow photos
On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 11:13:49PM +1000, Peter Shute wrote:
Can you tell me why the possibility of this bird having fallen into
some blue stuff has been discounted or not considered?
I'm sure its the first thing that comes to most people's mind. We've
all seen birds with stained plumage. I thought the distribution of
the colouring appears too regular for an accidental event and maybe he
sparrow had been captured and stained deliberately
Its notable that Richard Prum thinks the bird may be an unusual
He know a lot about the topic, e.g.:
But of course he's only seen photos.
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