Superb and Variegated Fairy-wrens

To: "Mark and Amanda Young" <>, <>
Subject: Superb and Variegated Fairy-wrens
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:19:20 +1100
Hi Mark,

Although I have seen Superb, Variegated and Red-backed Fairy-wrens in mixed flocks in the Clarence Valley, north coast NSW, they usually prefer different habitats. Red-backs love grasslands with some shrubs, particularly where Blady Grass grows. VFWs prefer thick undergrowth such as low heathland and areas with Bracken Fern and Superbs can tolerate more open environments like open wetlands and woodlands as long as there is enough cover to avoid predators and to find a nesting site. This is generalising but you would not expect VFWs to be as common in modified environments as Superbs.


Greg Clancy
Ecologist and Birding Guide
Coutts Crossing

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