Superb Fairy-wrens

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Subject: Superb Fairy-wrens
From: "Nicci Thompson" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2000 20:21:00 +1000
I hope someone out there in birding-aus land may be able to help. I am involved with the Birds Australia Atlas Project and on Friday received the following note with Maria's record forms.  I quote:
"SUPERB WRENS: The family of wrens living in my garden are not in good health.  Some of the females have a kind of orange growth on their toes.  At present, in the family of 11 females and 1 male, there are 4 showing the growth.  I found one dead on the lawn and was able to inspect the growth at close quarters.  It was almost as big as  a 5c coing and this bird had difficulties  in flying.  There was also some signs on the back of the leg joint.  The big growth looked similar to a flower corm in shape.  Most of these growths are on the fore toes.
Question: Could it be inbreeding or is it caused by a virus? Maybe insecticides! Any suggestions you could come up with would be appreciated.    Maria V."
I can't help Maria. She doesn't enjoy good health and is virtually confined to her house and garden and is very observant of the birds that visit. She lives right on the banks of the McIntyre Brook about 10 kms west of Inglewood in south-east Queensland. If you do know or can guess what the problem is would you reply to me so I can pass your responses onto Maria.  She is not on email.
Thanks in anticipation'
Nicci Thompson
Toowoomba, SE Queensland.
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