Australian Museum Journal On the seasonal changes in the plumage of Zosterops caerulescens

Shortform:
North, 1896, Rec. Aust. Mus. 2(7): 98–100
Author(s):
North, Alfred J.
Year published:
1896
Title:
On the seasonal changes in the plumage of Zosterops caerulescens
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
2
Issue:
7
Start page:
98
End page:
100
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.2.1896.1208
Language:
English
Date published:
31 January 1896
Cover date:
31 January 1896
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
11 September 2009
Reference number:
1208
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (92kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (414kb PDF)

Abstract

In describing Zostercps westernensis of Quoy and Gaimard in the "Catalogue of Birds in the British Museum," Dr. R. Bowdler Sharpe makes the following observations :— "An Australian specimen has been described, and it is extraordinary that a bird which seems to be widely distributed on that continent should so much have escaped notice, the only allusion to the species that I can find in Mr. Gould's work being a passage where he mentions that some specimens of Z. Coerulescens have the throat wax-yellow. It seems to be the Z. Westernensis (Q. & G.), a species re-instated in the system by Dr. Hartlaub (J. f. O. 1865) p. 20."

With a view of solving the mystery why so common a species should have been overlooked by most writers, I have given this subject my attention for the past two years, by careful observation and the collecting of a number of specimens of Zosterops found in the neighbourhood of Sydney.