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Purple-backed Fairy-wren (male)

Malurus lamberti rogersi

Description:

In 2018, the Purple-backed Fairy-wren was finally declared a new species, after being incorrectly labelled a Variegated Fairy-wren prior to the new discovery (they look very similar). You can read about the news here: https://ebird.org/australia/news/2018-eb... "Like other fairywrens, it is notable for its marked sexual dimorphism, males adopting a highly visible breeding plumage of brilliant iridescent blue and chestnut contrasting with black and grey-brown. The brightly coloured crown and ear tufts are prominently featured in breeding displays. The male in breeding plumage has striking bright blue ear coverts and blue-purple crown and forehead, a black throat and nape, a blue-purple upper back, chestnut shoulders and a bluish-grey tail. The wings are drab brown and the belly white." (Wiki)

Habitat:

In the tree along the edge of the wetlands.

Notes:

There are four sub-species of which M. a. rogersi which is located in the Kimberley region and North-Western Australia. This is the first time I've seen the male at the Mankajarra wetlands. Last year I did photograph (blurry) females of this species (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/566...) but finally I got to see the male! I hope to see them again! First reference for identification: The Michael Morcombe eGuide to Australian Birds, Mobile App.

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4 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 6 years ago

Cheers James!

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Exquisite creature, great images

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 6 years ago

Thank you Neil!!!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Wonderful spotting, and great photos. The information is excellent.

armadeus.4
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Spotted on Mar 7, 2015
Submitted on Mar 14, 2015

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