Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A worldwide community photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Splendid Fairy-wren

Malurus splendens melanotus


Average sized Fairy-wren at 13-14 cm inc. tail. Various shades of blue from cobalt to violet-blue. Black band across breast, over nape and through eye. Cheek patch pale blue. In this sub-species it also has a black patch on the rump and a thinner black breast band. Sometimes known as Black-backed Wren. Female brown upper and pale buff lower surfaces. red bill and eye-ring and light blue tail.


Found in scrub and mixed open Mallee forest in the Glue-pot Reserve, near Berri, in South Australia.


This guy was feeding young along with the female bird. (See 4th Image for female)

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


triggsturner 7 years ago

I am so pleased my photograph inspired you Catie. The more we learn the better we can protect our planet and all its wonderful creatures and plants.

CEM_Kinloch 7 years ago

I used this spotting as inspiration for my school zine project. The photo I had to use wasn't anywhere near as good as these ones!

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Polilla. Looks like both male and female were feeding young ones.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Antonio and Liana for your comments. My pleasure to share with you all.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you for the SOTD Daniele. Much appreciated and honoured.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Ines. Yes they are. On an overcast day they brighten the whole place up!

armadeus.4 7 years ago

Congratulations Rob! Splendid SOTD :D

Awesome capture triggsturner,beautiful,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Congratulation Robert! This truly splendid little gem is our Spotting of the Day!


InêsVeloso 7 years ago

so beautiful...

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you James, Liana and Jim for your support and comments. These birds really are an impossible blue!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 7 years ago

Gorgeous bird...well done, Triggs!

armadeus.4 7 years ago

Such beautiful little birds! Wonderful shots Rob. Thank you for sharing :)

JamesPriest2 7 years ago

Lovely little birds. Great pics

Spotted by

Taylorville Station, South Australia, Australia

Spotted on Oct 16, 2016
Submitted on Oct 24, 2016

Related Spottings

Superb Fairy-wren Superb Fairywren Red-Backed Fairy-Wren Variegated Fairy Wren

Nearby Spottings

Wandering Percher Gold-fronted River Damsel Spotting Mallard Ducks
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team