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Bermuda Bluebirds Aren't Native: They Moved In 400 Years Ago

The eastern bluebird ( Sialia sialis ) has lived in Bermuda as long as recent human memory can recall. It's considered a native species, and some people even consider the population to be a subspecies--the Bermuda bluebird ( Sialia sialis bermudensis )--because it looks a bit different from its mainland counterparts: its blue is a little more purple, and its orange is a bit more "cinnamon," according to a 1901 account by zoologist (and science fiction writer) Alpheus Hyatt Verrill (Volume V, Number 6).However, the idea that these birds are native to the island is reliant upon a rather unreliable source: human observation...

April 8, 2013 — Hannah Waters
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