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Purple-backed Fairy-wren (male)

Malurus assimilis rogersi


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 "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)


Cruising around amongst the trees, shrubs and scrub at the Waste Water Wetlands.


There are four sub-species of which M. a. rogersi which is located in the Kimberley region and North-Western Australia.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Little birds are funny like that. I find that in areas with lots of foliage, the little ones feel safe. Just to sit quietly for a few minutes tends to bring them in. I'm happy just to be with them, but I don't often take pics because they are faster then me and my camera.

armadeus.4 a year ago

Thank you Neil! These little ones can be quite curious. I remember just standing there, peering into through the branches and leaves to try and see them, and after a bit they decided to come out and check out what the human was doing :D

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

How adorable. Such a beautiful little guy. Lovely spotting, Liana.

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on May 25, 2019
Submitted on May 25, 2019

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