To: Stephen Ambrose <>
Subject: Scrubwrens
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2018 10:07:11 +1000
Hello Stephen, and others,

Thank you very much for all your information. This has turned out to be a more 
interesting subject than I had expected.

I have had an email from a chap who lives near Victor Harbour. He assures me 
his birds have yellow eyes. But according to Schodde & Mason, Victor Harbour 
birds are subsp. rosinae  which are at best White-browed but have  "faint dusky 
spotting" on the breast - call them what you will, which poses an interesting 
question - where does the changeover from yellow to blue (in adults) occur? or 
is it even gradual!! I think not.

It will be interesting to learn what Norman, Christidis & Schodde have to say 
on the subject. It is a very complicated issue - takes up three pages (169-171) 
of discussion in Schodde and Mason.


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