Odd one out

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QI saw this group of Lap­wings at Martin Mere in Septem­ber. Could you iden­tify the strange-look­ing one in the mid­dle? Is it a ju­ve­nile? John Ec­cles

AThis par­tic­u­lar bird was ac­tu­ally pic­tured on the WWT Martin Mere web­site in Septem­ber. Their ex­perts are of the opin­ion that it is an adult bird with a form of schizochro­ism (a par­tial lack of pig­men­ta­tion caused by ge­netic fac­tors) and we’re quite will­ing to ac­cept their ex­pla­na­tion for it!

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