Re: birding-aus Colour-changes in Regent

To: David Geering <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Colour-changes in Regent
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 1999 21:26:53 +1000
Thankyou David, I am very glad to be corrected re Regent Honeyeater's
alleged blush. Errors are repeatedly cloned, one sees it again and
again, in all sorts of different fields.  People are still saying that
Cormorants lack a preen-gland, and therefore hang out their wings to
dry, but I have examined fresh specimens of 2 or 3 different species and
the preen-gland was definitely there!
Where did the theory that the Regent HE's face is red, not
originate? I haven't time to look up Gould's description just now.The
bird was noticed very early after 1788 round Sydney - often called the
False Regentbird to distinguish it from the original Regentbird ie
Bowerbird. I will check up when I have time.
Anthea Fleming in Melbourne
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