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White-shouldered Fairywren learn more about names for this taxon

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White-shouldered Fairy-wren


Other common names: Black-and-white Fairy-wren/Wren-warbler


Taxonomy: Malurus alboscapulatus A. B. Meyer, 1874, Arfak Mountains, c. 1070 m, Vogelkop, New Guinea.


Destinctive malurid with comparatively short tail. Male nominate race (all seasons) is entirely glossy black, except for white scapulars; iris, bill and legs black. Female has black head and back, narrow white eyebrow and broken eyering, white scapulars, white underside with variable amount of black flecking; iris and bill as male, legs  brown.

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