birding-aus Red-backed and Variegated Fairy-Wrens

To: "Harvey Perkins" <>
Subject: birding-aus Red-backed and Variegated Fairy-Wrens
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 17:29:44 +1000
G'day all,
Re; Birding-Aus Mid-North NSW Coast  and notes about R-b F-w and V F-w
>We also saw an unusal Wren on  the property, being black with bluish
>cheeks and >throat and red shoulders and  back, which appeared to be a
>hybrid between a >Red-backed and Variegated Wren.  Just a little further
>up the road were some >pure breed Red-backed  Wrens
I have seen at three different locations in the Isa area,(in thick/high spinifex)
a combined clan of Red-backed and Variegated Fairy-wrens moving and feeding
The plumaged male R-b F-w was the lookout always taking up a position
a little higher than the rest.
At one location I was able to return a week later and the combined clan were
still actively feeding together.
Bill Horton in QOSI Sunbird V6 N03 (Sept 1975) states of the R-b F-w
"often with the Variegated"
I believe the experts have proven that a Male from a nearby clan often is the
father of the breeding female's young however.So if a male from another clan
is  "on hand" it makes things even easier !
Although other species of the  F-w are known to hybridise I can not remember
reading about confirmed records of these 2 species doing so.
But this could be it. Needs recording in one of the journals. Well done Edwin !
Regards..... Bob Forsyth
Mail........... PO Box 933,Mount Isa,Qld,4825
Phone....... (07) 4743-3210
Heat.......... is just a state of mind !
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