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Superb Fairy-Wren

Malurus cyaneus

Description:

A dainty bird with a long, thin tail which is usually held at right angles to the body. Males have a blue crown, cheek and back and a black nape, rump, throat and breast, the tail is a slate blue and the belly is white. The females are brown above and buff below with a grey-brown tail. Neighbouring males often have song battles. By day they forage on the ground and in shrubs and at night they huddle together on branches.

Habitat:

Open forests, woodlands, gardens and park, common in long grasses and shrubs.

Notes:

This Fairy-wren was spotted at Minnippi Parklands just off the Gateway Motorway in Brisbane. I went to this park almost every afternoon for weeks and never failed to see them twittering around the long grass with a group of females following. They have such a beautiful song and cheeky character it was like they wanted you to follow them around and I used to be stuck for hours not being able to tear myself away from the cute little guys.

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3 Comments

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

beatiful shot :)

Shari_Wildlife
Shari_Wildlife 9 years ago

I went day after day to this park and they were always there striking poses for me. Such cheeky little guys!

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

One of the few photos I've seen that shows the dark blue gorget (the area under the chin). Usually that just photographs as black.

Shari_Wildlife
Spotted by
Shari_Wildlife

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Oct 22, 2010
Submitted on Jun 21, 2011

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