IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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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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Source: Birds of Papua New Guinea

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