Odd Fairy-wren

To: "John Clifton-Everest" <>, "birding-aus, birding-aus" <>
Subject: Odd Fairy-wren
From: "Bruce Cox" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 16:43:58 +1000
Subject: Odd Fairy-wren

> Following my little report on our trip to the Macquarie Marshes, would
> anyone on the list have comment on an odd Fairy-wren we encountered
> there?  This bird was in the Phragmites at the Monkeygar Creek
> crossing.  The head-markings and coloration there where those of a
> typical male Superb, but the entire wings, including all of the
> primaries were jet-black, as black as the nape of its neck.  Very good
> views were had.  This could hardly be a moult-stage (?)   Was it just an
> aberration?
> John Clifton-Everest

Hi John,

Last year there was a male Superb Fairy-wren very similar to the one you
described at the Katoa Close end of  the Warriewood Wetland boardwalk on
Sydney's Northern Beaches. It didn't hang around for long but I remember
seeing it on 2 or 3 visits. It was in full plumage so I assumed it was some
sort of melanistic aberration.


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