Splendid Fairy-wren

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    This race of the Splendid Fairy-wren is really quite tough to photograph. They rarely break cover, preferring to sing from behind a tangle of sticks. I only managed to get a couple of frames of this bird out in the open. This is the best one.

    aldeb1917, jennie-robyn, and 26 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Jon Thornton 44 months ago | reply

      Pete, I agree, bird taxonomy is hard to keep up with. I just had a look at Morcombe 2003 and Pizzey 2008 myself. Morcombe calls the central Australian race musgravi. Pizzey calls it callainus. Interestingly, both of these guides were published after Schode & Mason. It looks like I have some homework to do.

    2. petefeats 44 months ago | reply

      Sorry 'bout that. :-/

    3. Roelie707 44 months ago | reply

      Lovely photo of this colourful little bird. Well done , background looks good.

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    4. CampaspeBirdo 44 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot Jon. Love the oof tree trunk too.

    5. Jon Thornton 44 months ago | reply

      Pete, I posted a question about Splendid Fairy-wren races on Birding AUS this morning. The consensus seems to be that musgravi is the new name for callainus, but that both are equally valid. One person echoed your thoughts about callainus being incorrectly used to name a hybrid.

    6. Jon Thornton 44 months ago | reply

      Marlene, they are stunning birds, but they are quite tricky to photograph. I had to try quite a few times to get a clear shot.

    7. petefeats 44 months ago | reply

      Thanks for that info Jon. It's rare for Pizzey to lag on naming like that but maybe they are being obstinate. :)

    8. Sam Martin (abikeOdyssey) 44 months ago | reply

      So beautiful, and awesome photo!

    9. Jen St. Louis 44 months ago | reply


      Thank you for adding your beautiful bird photo to Colourful Birds

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    10. mmeastman (in and out this month) 44 months ago | reply

      Thank you for adding your beautiful bird photo to Colourful Birds

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    11. eric.yanhong 44 months ago | reply

      Nice shot with an interesting background!

    12. rowind 44 months ago | reply

      What a great shot. Beautiful color.

    13. NikkorAF 44 months ago | reply

      Fantastic Shot..

    14. james00lacy 44 months ago | reply

      That's great, got him in a perfect position. Well done :)

    15. shelley90 41 months ago | reply

      Beautiful little wren. Found this interesting to read. The Splendid Fairy-wren over here are not so difficult to photograph as this one.

    16. Dário Cardador 38 months ago | reply

      Excelente registo boa foto.

    17. mark.photos 35 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot!

    18. Simple Monkey 32 months ago | reply

      awesome capture

    19. Through The Big Lens 28 months ago | reply

      That must be one of the most beautiful birds in the world! Great shot, Jon!

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