Re: FW: Western Victorian Maluridae (fairy-wrens, emu-wren)

To: ÓCoineoil, Lawrie <>
Subject: Re: FW: Western Victorian Maluridae (fairy-wrens, emu-wren)
From: George Appleby <>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 09:29:38 -0816 (UTC)
Alright, I'll bite!

On some recent surveys in the Edenhope-Natimuk-Dergholm
area (broadly speaking: the region west of Horsham to the
South Australian border, and south of the Little Desert),
Southern Emu-wrens were recorded at very few sites in the
Dergholm area and at a spot ESE of Edenhope. This last
location is close to Jilpanger Scrub but is not as far
north. Since the emu-wren sightings are second hand, I'm
not sure of the exact details but occurrences of the other
wrens mentioned were as follows. Superb Fairy-wren was
found at the same sites as the emu-wrens and Variegated
Fairy-wren was recorded at a couple of sites. All three
species were not recorded together at a site.

>From my own wren sightings in the area and the survey
information quoted, I can't work out how the different wren
species co-exist in an area as they appear to like similar

 Lawrie, did you record the different wren species in
distinct habitats (out of the list that you noted) in
Jilpanger Scrub) and did you record the three species on
the same visit or one/two species over several visits?

Other inland emu-wren occurrences that I know of in western
Victoria  are in the Grampians, not far from Jilpanger, and
at a reedy basalt stony-rise swamp west of Colac. Superb
Fairy-wrens occur in these areas but Variegated Fairy-wrens
don't as far as I know.

On Mon, 16 Nov 1998 17:55:35 +1000 "Conole, Lawrie"
<> wrote:

> 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
> helpful.
> Cheers, Lawrie
> > ----------
> > 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
> >

George Appleby
Arthur Rylah Institute
123 Brown Street
(P.O. Box 137)
Victoria 3084
telephone 03 9450 8656
fax 03 9450 8799

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