White headed fairy-wren

To: 'Ann Eldridge' <>, 'Canberra Birds' <>
Subject: White headed fairy-wren
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2022 03:17:56 +0000

Well first thing is I think they look very cute. The birds have partial albinism. That of itself is not all that uncommon in birds. It is not usually mentioned in books and occurs so randomly that it can’t be shown for all species.  I don’t know of it in wrens. No, they are not just males not in breeding plumage, although the pictures appear to be males not in breeding plumage but that is irrelevant to the white patches. That there is more than one, just shows a genetic link to a mutant that has become established in that family group.




From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Ann Eldridge via Canberrabirds
Sent: Monday, 18 April, 2022 12:57 PM
Subject: [Canberrabirds] White headed fairy-wren


I was in Harden over the weekend & saw these little wrens amongs quite a big flock, only saw one blue  bird.

I have not seen this before, are they just males not in breeding plumage?  There was a few of them amongst the females.

I did look in my books & could not find any mention of this.



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