Superb Fairy Wrens - immature birds

Subject: Superb Fairy Wrens - immature birds
From: Robin Eckermann <>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 15:20:00 +1000
On my morning walk today I spent a little time observing Superb Fairy Wrens - and was interested in the colouring of the upper bird (excuse the fairly ugly picture) ...
I assume the upper bird is an immature male given eye/beak colouring that is distinctively different from the typical female ...
However, I have not previously seen such a striking blue tail with almost no other traces of blue. I wondered whether those much more knowledgeable about these birds than I could advise whether this is just a transient phase along the way to emerging with full blue colours (as in the adult male at the bottom).

Regards ... Robin Eckermann
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