Superb Fairy Wrens - immature birds

To: "'Robin Eckermann'" <>
Subject: Superb Fairy Wrens - immature birds
From: "Margaret Leggoe" <>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 16:50:53 +1000

I’ve seen a few like that lately, Robin.  Also quite noticeable is the hue of the male bird compared to the more tawny coloured female  below.  I have shot both in exactly the same light, and got a similar result.

Margaret Leggoe


From: Robin Eckermann [
Sent: Friday, 13 May 2011 3:20 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Superb Fairy Wrens - immature birds


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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