Mystery museum specimen

To: Geoff Shannon <>
Subject: Mystery museum specimen
From: Phil Gregory <>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 08:51:54 +1000
Soft parts often fade or get weird colours in museum specimens,  so I am not placing too much reliance on the colours; I have asked if there is any provenance on the bird as that would help.
I simply can’t think of anything else that fits, and as I say all else there is from Australia. Intriguing, and glad Geoff agrees.
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On 21 Feb 2021, at 8:15 PM, Geoff Shannon <> wrote:

I agree this is a juvenile Strong-billed Honeyeater. Geoff Shannon (Tasmania) 

Hi Charles,, yes that is about the scale of the problem. I have deleted your bunny-bird because the file is so big. I can search for the photo of the composite bird I mentioned and send to you. Remember the platypus was thought to be a concoction, so the practise was known. And why wouldn’t taxidermists of the times create the occasional fake, just out of boredom, humour or because part of specimens was damaged. By the way, I logged onto that site yesterday and had to verify my log on, to send the same comment, then could not find how to access that photo again or add comment. 
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To: Peter Shute
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Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Mystery museum specimen
Intriguing it is.
Apparently there are 3 Paradise Parrot skins in this collection. Maybe thats why they are only in collections!
This one is for you Philip Veerman


In this thread on birdfourm, someone is trying to id a case of Australian birds in a museum, and there's an bird with a yellow crest and white nape that doesn't appear to be Australian. Anyone want to have a go at identifying it?
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