I didn't get any bites on this the other day, but I'm still interested to
get comments from anyone who may have contrary or complementary information
to mine. I'll write it up as a small note, so any further info will be
> From: Conole, Lawrie
> Reply To: ÓCoineoil, Lawrie
> Sent: Friday, 13 November 1998 3:09 PM
> To: 'Ozbird Mail'
> Subject: Western Victorian Maluridae
> When answering a query the other idea, I realised that I may have seen
> something quite unique in western Victoria. In the south end of the
> Jilpanger Flora & Fauna Reserve (southwest of Horsham, north-west of the
> Grampians), I have recorded sympatric populations of the Superb
> Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren (inland or Purple-backed, 'assimilis'
> form) and Southern Emu-wren. The habitat there is quite varied, with
> banksia/teatree scrub on dune crests, Desert Stringybark heathy woodland
> on dune swales, Yellow Gum and/or River Red Gum woodland on claypans.
> Looking at the Vic bird atlas later, I realised that the Jilpanger
> emu-wrens do not appear there. No Southern Emu-wrens were mapped further
> inland than the Grampians. Thinking further, I couldn't recall any other
> locations in Victoria where I would expect this particular 3-way sympatry
> to occur. I imagine in NSW it occurs with the coastal form of VF-W
> substituting for the inland one.
> Any comments?
> Cheers, Lawrie