Date: 6/28/18 12:48 pm From: <mitch...> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Red Phase E. Screech Owl?? - phase vs. morph
Different folks have different takes on it, but the one I liked best was that a phase is or can be temporary, a morph is permanent. Is it a color phase it is going through? Or is it a permanent condition? Phase was (is?) for a long time the more often used way of describing these things. It seems less correct though. It is not a temporal thing. So they should be considered morphs.
My 2 centavos, YMMV.
Mitch Heindel Utopia
> On a side note (and this is definitely going down a rabbit hole, so > feel free to ignore if it doesn’t interest you), I have always used > the word “morph” when describing these color variations, but I > know many use the term “phase” or “form”. I tried looking into > it to see if one was more proper or preferred, but it appears to be > more controversial than I thought! Does anybody here have thoughts on > this? > > Kendra Kocab, Naturalist