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White-winged Fairy-wren (male)

Malurus leucopterus leuconotus


This colour of this stunning little Fairy-wren is quite striking and like other species of Fairy-wrens displays marked sexual dimorphism. This mainland subspecies is a beautiful, deep blue all over except for the wings which are a clean, snowy white.


Flitting around the scrub behind the sand dunes at Oyster Bridge snorkeling spot outside of Coral Bay. On the occasions that I saw these little birds, they were usually in the same vicinity as the Variegated Fairy-wrens.


M. l. leuconotus is the species endemic to mainland Australia. There are three subspecies of this Fairy-wren of which the males from the other two are black as opposed to blue. They reside on separate islands (Barrow and Dirk Hartog Islands) of the coast of WA. Females at this spotting: Reference: The Michael Morcombe eGuide to Australian Birds, Mobile App. Reference:

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armadeus.4 5 years ago

Thank you! When my partner and I were driving down to Ningaloo Reef, we had been looking at what kind of bird life we might find. This little Fairy-wren was featured and both of us made exclamations about how we just had to see this little one.....should have seen our faces when we did see it for real :D

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago


Wonderful !

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Jun 15, 2015
Submitted on Sep 13, 2015

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