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Pica pica
Common Name: Black-billed Magpie
Date Made/Found: June 1901
Donor: Professor Charles Joseph Patten , 1870 - 1948
Collector: Professor Charles Joseph Patten , 1870 - 1948
Place Object Found: County Dublin
Department: Natural History
Accession Number: B1942.27
This specimen of magpie was collected in Dublin in 1901 by the noted anatomist Professor Charles Patten. It is particularly interesting as it has a rare mutation called double hallux. The hallux is the toe that points backwards on perching birds. The normal number is one on each foot, but this magpie has two.
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