New birds in Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane

To: Chris Sanderson <>
Subject: New birds in Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 21:50:43 +1000
On Sun, May 21, 2006 at 01:03:11PM +1000, Chris Sanderson wrote:
> Speaking of fairy-wrens in breeding plumage, does anyone else have
> fairy-wrens that don't lose their breeding plumage over winter?

You might be looking at birds that are already in breding plumage.
I believe, the long-running studies of the Superb Fairy Wrens at the
Canberra Botanic Gardens found all?/almost-all? males (there) go into
eclipse plumage late summer but when they moult into breeding plumage
ranges from March to November - generally old males moult earlier.
I think they found females use early-moult as indication of male quality.


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