April 24, 2020

Lockdown is leading to strange discoveries

Lockdown is leading to strange discoveries
Dr. Chris Brown

With no way to travel the globe, suddenly our window, courtyard or backyard is our world. And as a result we’re making some strange local discoveries. Like the white magpie...

BirdLife Australia has reported a spike in enquiries around strange species being discovered and strange behaviour being reported. One bizarre observation has been a cluster of white magpies in Orange. And while it’s fitting a colour variation of a typically black bird is found in a colourfully
named town, what makes this group remarkable is their strength.

Typically animals with Leucism (a rare genetic mutation) are more vulnerable. Yet these birds are thriving. Possibly because of the collaborative nature of magpies. A reminder from Mother Nature that families getting along is the key to survival during these times!

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