Purple Swamphen, western ssp

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Subject: Purple Swamphen, western ssp
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 22:32:19 +0000
Hi all

I have a photo of the western ssp of the Purple Swamphen up at ABID

If that link doesn't work it's on about the fourth line of the new images page.

Now this specimen has a lighter blue front than eastern birds, as ssp bellis is supposed to have, but it also has even paler blue, irregular patches too. I assume that these are some sort of discolouration, not typical for the ssp.

Could WA confirm this and I'll emend my ambiguous note on ABID.

John Leonard

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