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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Ocydromus earli, Gray. (Brown Woodhen.)

Ocydromus earli, Gray. (Brown Woodhen.)

I have to exhibit to-night another remarkable albinism. It is that of the Brown Woodhen of the South Island. The forehead, face, foreneck, and breast are pure white; five of the quills in one wing and six in the other are entirely white; there are a few white feathers scattered among the wing-coverts, and there is a large admixture of white in the plumage of the abdomen, sides of the body, and flanks. The rest of the plumage is normal. To judge from its large size, it is a male bird. I obtained it, through a dealer, from the west coast of the South Island.