Re; Birding-Aus Mid-North NSW Coast and notes about R-b F-w and V F-w
>We also saw an unusal Wren on the
property, being black with bluish
>cheeks and >throat and red shoulders
and back, which appeared to be a
>hybrid between a >Red-backed
and Variegated Wren. Just a little further
>up the road were some
>pure breed Red-backed Wrens
I have seen at three different locations in the Isa
area,(in thick/high spinifex)
a combined clan of Red-backed and Variegated Fairy-wrens moving and feeding
The plumaged male R-b F-w was the lookout always
taking up a position
a little higher than the rest.
At one location I was able to return a week later
and the combined clan were
still actively feeding together.
Bill Horton in QOSI Sunbird V6 N03 (Sept 1975)
states of the R-b F-w
"often with the Variegated"
I believe the experts have proven that a Male from
a nearby clan often is the
father of the breeding female's young however.So if
a male from another clan
is "on hand" it makes things even easier
Although other species of the F-w are known
to hybridise I can not remember
reading about confirmed records of these 2 species
But this could be it. Needs recording in one of the
journals. Well done Edwin !
Regards..... Bob Forsyth
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