Unusual display by Fairy-wren

Subject: Unusual display by Fairy-wren
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 1998 21:19:21 -0500
G'day all

I recently watched a male Superb Fairy-wren performing a display of some
sort.  The bird was in the southern Grampians N.P. in south west Victoria.

The bird was creeping along the ground, mouselike, weaving its way around
small shrubs, bits of wood etc.  Its tail and head were lowered giving it
a humpbacked appearance.  My impression was that the blue patches on the
head and upper body were raised or fluffed up somehow as they certainly
seemd prominent.  The bird was silent throughout this performance which
went on for several minutes.

I presume this was some sort of female attracting device but none of the
other wrens in the vicinity seemed to pay any attention.

No doubt this behaviour has been observed by others but I hadn't seen it



Stephen Clark
Agriculture Victoria, Pastoral & Veterinary Institute
Private Bag 105  HAMILTON  3300  Australia
Phone 0355 730 977   Fax 0355 711 523


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