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Subject: Fernwrens
From: Sue & Phil Gregory <>
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 12:36:49 +1000
A query please- if you look in our various field guides they show a female plumaged Fernwren, Yet HANZAB states the sexes are the same and the rest is just individual variation. I certainly see Fernwrens where one bird is well marked and the other like a duller version with a less marked supercilium and smaller black chest crescent, which I would assume to be the female. What do others observers think? Maybe the HANZAB museum sample was just very small and there really is a female plumage?
Phil Gregory

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