Hi Hannah, Yes, you are spot on with your species ID for this individual being
a Superb Fairy-wren, but I am not so sure that it is necessarily a female.I
can't camment on mixed species groups as I've never seen any in my own personal
experience. Cheers for now, Martin Cachard, Cairns, 0428 782 808
> Date: Mon, 7 May 2012 17:21:54 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Mixed Fairy-wren group
> On my regular walk along Police Creek (Gladstone QLD) this morning, I was
> pleased to note that Red-backed Fairy-wrens have returned (they have taken
> off for a while after their nesting site was sprayed and the grass died).
> Upon their return, they seemed to have picked up a female Superb Fairy-wren.
> There were 5 females in a group, one of which had a very distinct rufous eye
> band. Below is a link of two grab shots I managed, one of each species.
> Two questions for the group: 1. Can someone please confirm the ID of what I
> have called the Superb Fairy-wren? and, 2. Is it a common occurrence to find
> two species of Fairy-wrens within a group?
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