I have had quite a few responses to this query, and generally it is
agreed that there exist, in a variety of locations within the WWFW
distribution, individuals which appear to be black. Some claim they
are black, but most believe they are not black-black but blue-black.
I'm happy to accept that the individual I saw was blue-black, and
wouldn't care to claim that any of the birds is black-black. I think
you'd need the bird in the hand to be certain.
Thanks to all who responded, in case I missed anyone individually.
I know a couple between Bingara and Moree who swear they have black
White-winged Fairy-wrens. Having spent some time on their property I can
confidently say that "their" birds and, probably, yours are extremely deep
blue. In really good light you can see the blue but otherwise they do look
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51' 152º 56'
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