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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 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)
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.
Spotted on May 25, 2019
Submitted on May 25, 2019
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