Aberrant plumage in a Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva
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1 April 19
Oscar W. Johnson, Susan Scott
Department of Ecology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, USA
The authors report a white-plumaged Pacific Golden-Plover in Oaha, Hawaii. Reports of aberrant plumage often involve birds that disappear after brief sightings. Instead of a brief encounter, the authors were able to observe the plover’s coloration throughout the non-breeding season, and the changes they saw complicated what at first appeared to be an example of leucism.