Help Needed with Blue Sparrow

To: Carl Clifford <>, Birding-Aus Aus <>
Subject: Help Needed with Blue Sparrow
From: Alistair McKeough <>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 17:20:09 +1000

I have packed the slingshot. If I find it I will mow the pullet down.

Should it just be delivered to the Museum?

On 5/15/09, Carl Clifford <> wrote:
> Dear All,
> I have contacted Rick Prum about his comment post on the "Living the
> Scientific Life" blog re the Sydney Blue Sparrow. It was indeed Rick
> Prum. He is very excited about the Blue Spadger and thinks that it
> most likely a genuine mutation. Here is part of his email :
> "This bird is a unique scientific opportunity, and I have been
> desperate to try to contact someone about this bird. Emails to the
> author of the story were all returned undeliverable, so I posted a
> message to try to get through.
> I think that this bird is a unique mutant for the production of spongy
> barb color, like a fairy wren. I know of no such bird in any captive
> breed species, though there are mutants for the loss of this trait in
> some parrot breeds.
> I am working on the issue of the development of blue feathers, and
> have recently published papers on this (available at the journals Soft
> Matter and   J. Roy Soc Interface). I can send them to you tomorrow
> when I get back to work."
> So I ask any Sydney birders to keep an eye open for anything like a
> bluish coloured sparrow, as this a genuinely "Big Thing". Rick Prum
> has contacted Walter Boles about this matter, but I think he may need
> all the help he can get in locating the sparrow or obtaining feather
> or blood samples. Also if anyone has a contact for Richard Shears, the
> "Daily Mail" journalist who discovered the blue sparrow, I would be
> most grateful if you could send them to me, or ask him to contact me
> or Rick Prum direct at  .
> Keep your eyes open,
> Carl Clifford
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