RE: An interesting answer to one of my three questions.

Subject: RE: An interesting answer to one of my three questions.
From: Dr Richard Nowotny <>
Date: Sun, 08 Nov 1998 21:22:00 +1000
Keith (or Lindsay) Fisher kindly provided this interesting response to my
scrubwren question.  I have taken the liberty of posting it on for more
general information.   Richard

>From: "Keith and Lindsay Fisher" <>
>To: "Dr Richard Nowotny" <>
>Subject: RE: Three questions.
>Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 17:32:39 +1000
>Hi Richard,
>Large-billed and Atherton Scrubwrens are a can of worms!  There has been much
>debate amongst local birdos about them.  It became apparent through CSIRO
>studies that there were differences in plumage of particularly the Athertons
>at various locations within their range, especially on the different
>mountain ranges in the area.  The Birds Australia - North Queensland Group
>intend to start a project on these birds, when time permits, and will be
>looking at the genetics to try and work them out once and for all.  Leo
>Joseph has done some genetic work on the Athertons and found they are
>closely related to the White-browed Scrubwren (in fact hybridisation has
>been detected using mitochondrial DNA).  We have had scrubwrens in the hand
>on Mt. Lewis and had heated discussions amongst several people as to the
>exact species!  So the answer to your question is that we don't know the
>ratio - we wish we knew!.
>Keith & Lindsay Fisher
>PO Box 2209, Cairns QLD 4870

From:    Dr Richard Nowotny,
             Melbourne, Australia.
             Tel. (w) 61-3-9214.1420

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