White-winged Fairy-Wrens

To: 'Chris Lloyd' <>, "" <>
Subject: White-winged Fairy-Wrens
From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:01:24 +0000
Hi Chris,

Schodde & Mason (1999) state in relation to M. l. leucopterus:

"There are occasional anecdotal reports of the 'black' form or of blue males
with black feathering on the Australian mainland, particularly on Peron
Peninsula opposite Dirk Hartog Island and on Eighty-Mile Beach, WA (e.g.
Collins 1995), but their significance cannot be evaluated in the absence of
corroborative material; because of reflectance, the blue of the plumage in
mainland M. l. leuconotus may appear black in some lights."


Schodde, R. and Mason, I.J. (1999). The Directory of Australian Birds:
Passerines. 851 pp. (CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood).

Kind regards,

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde NSW

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Chris Lloyd
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2017 9:11 AM
Subject: White-winged Fairy-Wrens

While travelling in WA I was asked by a couple of birders about their
sighting of a Malurus leucopterus edouardi or M.i.leucopterus around
Caernarvon. Both were adamant they had seen the satin black race on the
mainland. No this is way above the pay grade of a seabirder so can anyone
tell me whether either or both of the island black races also turn up on the
mainland around the area?

I did get some beautiful views of an Indic Yellow Nose and a Wandering-type
Diomedea off Kalbarri and wonder whether this was common as well. The
Diomedea seemed a long way north for mine. Ciao

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