Purple-backed Fairywren

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Subject: Purple-backed Fairywren
From: Casimir Liber <>
Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:40:42 +0000
there are a series of papers - essentially the genetic split between
assimilis and lamberti is deeper than between assimilis and amabilis
(lovely fairywren) of Cape York. This makes the origin of the bluish female
colouring more understandable anyway. And yes 'dulcis' and 'rogersi' and
'bernieri' are part of 'assimilis'.

On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 8:17 PM, Frank O'Connor <>

> I notice that the IOC (as of June 9th) is considering the split of
> Purple-backed Fairywren (Malurus assimilis) from Variegated Fairywren
> (Malurus lamberti).
> I would assume that 'dulcis' and 'rogersi' and 'bernieri' would be part of
> 'assimilis'?
> I am a little surprised. I thought that 'dulcis' and 'rogersi' were the
> very different ones, and I hadn't thought that 'assimilis' was regarded as
> being with them. The females of 'dulcis' and 'rogersi' are quite different.
> Apparently this is based on a paper by McLean et al. 2017. I haven't read
> the paper.
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