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Hein van Grouw

Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum


Wednesday 19 of February 11:00

Sir Neil Chalmers seminar room, Darwin Centre LG16 (below Attenborough studio)


Grouse are subject to three peculiarities that have caused a lot of taxonomic confusion in this group of birds in the past. These phenomena are hybridisation, sex-change plumages and colour aberrations. While these occurrences are usually rare in birds, they appear to be quite common in grouse. Up to now it is unknown why the phenomena are so frequent among these birds and if there is an evolutionary explanation. This talk presents insights into an ongoing research project on grouse specimens in natural history museums that re-analyses our knowledge of such aberrations.


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