Currawongs in Victoria - 'melanoptera'

To: "Paul Rose" <>
Subject: Currawongs in Victoria - 'melanoptera'
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 16:31:36 +1100
Paul Rose wrote:  >window than these two birds. What do you make of these birds?
>Has 'melanoptera" expanded its range? Are there records of >'melanoptera' east
of South Australia? Is hybridisation between Pied and >Grey Currawong a 
 Hi Paul  "Black-winged' Currawongs (ie. ssp melanoptera) are common in the 
and coastal areas of western Victoria as well as SA, and Otway area Grey 
are typically very dark birds all over.  Schodde &Mason (1999) suggest that in 
Otways the nominate versicolor ssp is intergrading with melanoptera.  L.  
R. &Mason, I.J. (1999). The directory of Australian birds: passerines .  CSIRO:
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