Whit-winged Trillers

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Subject: Whit-winged Trillers
From: "Terry Pacey" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 12:23:54 +1000
Are male White-winged Trillers really the black and white birds we all
assume they are?  In the vein of the White-winged Wren debate, a group of
four birders with a combined experience of almost 150 years of birding was
yesterday watching a large number of White-winged Trillers in the early
morning sun.  It suddenly became apparant that the head and backs of the
males had a green irridescent sheen and certainly could not be classed as
pure "black".  There was no reflection and this was obvious on all the
males.  It only became obvious when the sun was shining directly on them.
Have others noted this?

Terry Pacey

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