[LMB] Milkweed and mutations

Baur baur at chello.at
Sun Oct 13 06:19:28 BST 2019

Am 13.10.2019 um 04:48 schrieb Margaret Dean:
> On Sat, Oct 12, 2019 at 4:12 PM Sharon Micenko <wembleyware at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> There were lots of fireflies in Oklahoma City, when I lived there. That
>> was 30 years ago, though, and I remember my delight at seeing my first
>> redwing blackbird, after being used to the mono colour version in the UK.
> Of course, the blackbird you see in the UK is a species of thrush (same
> genus as the American Robin, which similarly is a completely different bird
> from the European Robin), whereas the Red-winged Blackbird and its
> relatives are in a different family altogether (the Icterids).
> Those gleaming epaulets of his are definitely a delight! The female
> Red-winged Blackbird, on the other hand, is brownish and streaky and
> regularly gets voted "Bird Most Likely to Be Mistaken for a Weird-looking
> Sparrow" by birdwatchers. :)

the european / common blackbird also has a brown female - that might 
have added to perceived similarity of the redwingerd blackbird with the 
"birds at home" ..



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