Plains Wanderer plumage

To: "BA email" <>
Subject: Plains Wanderer plumage
From: "simon starr" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 21:43:05 +1100
Hi there,
Last weekend I took a French couple out for an evenings spotlighting for Plains 
Wanderers and came across a bird which interested me.
We found 8 birds in total, a little better than usual, which included two 
seperate "males" with young in tow.  The second of these birds was the one that 
took my interest.
This individual was facing us and nestling two chicks under its feathers. It 
clearly had the patterning of an adult female on its neck and breast, but the 
colours and markings were very washed out, to the point where it was only just 
noticeable. From a distance, at first look, I thought this bird could have been 
a female, however after a closer look had to assume it was a male bird, since 
it was tending to its young, and the bill colour fits a male also.

 I can't find any mention in Hanzab etc of male Plains Wanderers showing a 
faint form of the female neck and breast markings.

I have a photo I can share for anyone interested, plus a photo of a newly 
hatched chick ( a little fuzzy, and the photo  !! ).


Simon Starr,
Pyramid Hill,
Northern victoria.

To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Plains Wanderer plumage, simon starr <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU