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Fireback
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White eared mask

Postby Fireback » 06 Aug 2011, 16:50

Does anyone keep the two colour variations of the white eared mask ? Apparently there is a dark form and light form. Remember speaking to old trapper in Townsville, who would trap in the Gulf and the Cape. He explained the variations in colour are similiar to diggles dark form and light. Interesting place the Cape, the further you go north, all the subspecies occur eg bloods, red brows, diggles, masks. This old character passed away about 12 years ago. Cheers

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Re: White eared mask

Postby jusdeb » 06 Aug 2011, 17:02

Its a shame the old bird trappers didn't keep written records .
My father helped his Uncle trap parrots around the Riverina way back when , the things they know is amazing .
He made a living when times were hard with his horse , cart and traps and back then it was a job and not looked down on ...things change hey.

Cant help with your question sorry , just interesting the things these old characters knew / know in regards to native birds.
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Re: White eared mask

Postby Diane » 06 Aug 2011, 17:53

We need to collect all these old stories before they disappear for ever
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Re: White eared mask

Postby Tiaris » 06 Aug 2011, 21:42

I know of two finch breeders in the past who had very reddish-fronted white-eared Maskeds which they referred to as Watsonii subspecies. This was a form described and proposed as a sub-species by Gregory Matthews among many other different forms of native birds. Most WE Masks I've kept & seen in recent years have been the paler "form".

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Re: White eared mask

Postby Fireback » 06 Jan 2012, 22:03

I no a breeder who had the dark and lighter form, in Townsville about 13 years ago .The dark form was a beautiful bird,the white ear patches and marking stood out. Cheers


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