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Re: albinism & melanism (aka ebony & ivory?)

>On the same thought, is melanism documented in reptiles and birds? It's
>pretty common in mammals (like all the black squirrels around PLS, right
>Dr. Holtz? :-) but I don't recall ever seeing something like a black
>Andrea Kirk

Melanism (or at least the presence of dark morphs in a population) is
common in some groups of birds, particularly jaegers and hawks (eg
Swainson's Hawk); a particularly striking example is the black morph of the
Papuan Lory (Charmosyna papou).
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