Re: birding-aus habitat partition

To: Andy Burton <>, Birding-Aus Mail <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus habitat partition
From: "Lawrence E. Conole" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 10:43:29 +1000
Andy Burton wrote:

> undisturbed, native bush reserves. However as soon as the habitat becomes
> weed infested or has disturbed open areas then the Variegated F-w is
> replaced by the Superb F-w. The latter is therefore more likely to be found
> in eg an open paddock with a pile of cut timber and other rubbish or they
> can be found in sports ovals fringed with shrubs be they native plants or
> introduced weeds. Weed infested creeks bordered by open areas are also
> popular as are small picnic areas set within areas of native bush. In this
> latter habitat the two species are most likely to be seen close together.

In a short note which I recently submitted for publication, I reported the first
published observation for Victoria of Superb Fairy-wren and Southern Emu-wren
sharing habitat with Variegated Fairy-wren (the inland or Purple-backed form
'assimilis' - rather than the nominate 'lamberti' of the East coast).

The location???? - the area around a rubbish tip on the edge of Jilpanger Flora
& Fauna Reserve, NW of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park in western


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