birding-aus Superb/Variegated wrens habitat partition

To: Russell <>
Subject: birding-aus Superb/Variegated wrens habitat partition
From: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 09:43:57 +1100
Dear all

In support of the observation that Variegateds tend not to use heavily weed
infested or disturbed land, I've been doing surveys at Eve Street Wetlands,
Rockdale, south of Sydney,  for 4 years now. There are family groups of
Superbs - about every 50 metres a new family in regenerating woodland
around the ponds and heavily fennell/grass infested areas either side and
along the Cooks River - but I've never seen Variegateds there.

On the other hand, out on Curra Moors, Royal National Park, one finds
Superbs and Variegated in similar areas of heath but one tends not to see
Variegated in the more heavily picnicked areas with mown grass and
barbecues, where Superbs are found.


Penny Drake-Brockman, Examination Recitals Co-ordinator, Sydney
Conservatorium of Music.
Tel: 02 9351 1254.
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