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Variegated Fairy Wren

Malurus lamberti


Four sub species of this fairy wren exist throughout varied habitats in Australia. Feeds on a variety of insects, grubs, larvae. This is a breeding male with iridescent blue and chestnut patches with slight hint of blue/mauve on back feathers, black chest and nape, white belly, the rest of wings and tail and back a grey grown tone. Black beak sharply pointed. Males, females and juveniles look similar light grey brown outside breeding times, it's only the male that develops the brilliant breeding colours.


Found in a variety of habitats throughout Australia where species are classified into sub species in different ranges. Prefers lots of vegetation and shrubs for cover when feeding out in the open, also found in gardens. This one in dry woodland environment in introduced lantana near waterhole.

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kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Thank you pilar2, it is a beauty.

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Thank you AshleyT and Leanne! They are beautiful little birds, and true they rarely sit still long enough for good photos! I'm still always looking for that perfect photo! But these are good for illustration, colour, etc., in my art works.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Beautiful bird!

LeanneGardner 7 years ago

I love these little birds kd. You did so well to get these lovely shots, they never sit still! Haha! Beautiful :)

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Thanks Ismael and Phil.

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kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Thanks SukanyaDatta. Another real sweetie of the Australian landscape.

SukanyaDatta 7 years ago

How lovely!

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Thankyou. It does sing beautifully Sukanya! Very high and melodious rapid song. Something that sounds as if they are putting their heart and soul into. I'll try to record them and post at some stage if I can.

SukanyaDatta 7 years ago

A treat for the eyes...does it sing beautifully too?

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Feb 13, 2014
Submitted on May 20, 2014

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