White-winged Fairy-Wrens

To: Chris Lloyd <>
Subject: White-winged Fairy-Wrens
From: Peter Morgan <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:35:27 +0000
In 2008, we set out to go to the western-most point of Australia, but about 
lunch time we stopped before we would have headed north and watched a black 
White-winged Wren.  We had long and good looks and it was definitely black - no 
trick of light on blue.  We spent so much time there that we had to go back to 
Hamelin Bay and didn’t make the western-most point.

If I remember correctly, Alan Morris said we would have seen a Melanistic form 
of the mainland form.

This might be of interest:

Peter and Bev Morgan

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> On 25 Sep 2017, at 10:01 am, Stephen Ambrose <> wrote:
> 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."
> Reference:
> Schodde, R. and Mason, I.J. (1999). The Directory of Australian Birds:
> Passerines. 851 pp. (CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood).
> Kind regards,
> Stephen
> Stephen Ambrose
> Ryde NSW
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> Chris Lloyd
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> 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? 
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