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Superb Fairy Wren

Malurus cyaneus


The males during the breeding season is very distinct with it's sapphire blue head and it's chirping that you will hear quite often when he is around. The females are a dull brown with a small orange 'mask' stretching from the eyes to the beak. They are small birds that flitter from bush to bush. During the non-breeding season they are a dull brown for both the male and female.


Superb Fairy-wrens are found south of the Tropic of Capricorn through eastern Australia and Tasmania to the south-eastern corner of South Australia.


These are very beautiful birds! I saw them when I drove down to NSW as well as Dolphins, Water Dragons, some type of Skink and a type of beautiful King Fisher

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42 Comments (1–25)

Gary Leong
Gary Leong 10 years ago

Awesome photo. I would love to get a shot of this fella :D

Feel free to add into the mission: Birds of Australia

StephenSolomons 10 years ago

The Birds in Backyards project is running a survey to find where these birds are to found. If you have not already done so I am certain they would love to get information from you on this spotting

StephenSolomons 10 years ago

These can be so difficult to get shots of. Great work!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

Congratulation on this wonderful SotD !

Uncle Minty
Uncle Minty 11 years ago

Thanks everyone! I feel so privileged and lucky to get an honour like this!! : )

Shirezu 11 years ago

Beautiful birds.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

Beautiful capture Uncle Minty,congrats on the SOTD,thanks for sharing and a happy Australia day :-)

LarryGraziano 11 years ago

WoooooHoooooo!!! Congrats on your SOTD!

StephenSolomons 11 years ago


YukoChartraw 11 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD for this beautiful capture!

MacChristiansen 11 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD Uncle Minty

Congratulation on the SOTD.

birdlady6000 11 years ago

These were one of the birding highlights of our trips to Australia. Congratulations!

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 11 years ago

Beautiful passerid! Congratulations on the SoTD!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 11 years ago

So Nice...:-)

KarenL 11 years ago

Happy Australia Day to all our friends down under, & congrats Uncle Minty, we have chosen this stunning little bird as spotting of the day to mark the occasion!

As well as dazzling them with their vibrant blue plumage, male fairy wrens present their mates with colorful petals as part of a courtship display – who said that romance was dead!

PrachiShah 12 years ago

so pretty...

Uncle Minty
Uncle Minty 12 years ago


GregMasteller 12 years ago

One word for you ... W O W!

Uncle Minty
Uncle Minty 12 years ago


gperocho 12 years ago

the colors are amazing :-)

Uncle Minty
Uncle Minty 12 years ago

Thanks! I'll add it now!

LarryGraziano 12 years ago

So nice Uncle Minty!!!! you can add this to the new "color blue" mission:

Uncle Minty
Uncle Minty 12 years ago

Why thank you!

Uncle Minty
Spotted by
Uncle Minty

NSW, Australia

Spotted on Dec 1, 2011
Submitted on Dec 2, 2011

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