Blue Wren (Male)

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The Splendid Fairywren (Malurus splendens), also known simply as the Splendid Wren or more colloquially in Western Australia as the Blue Wren, is a passerine bird of the Maluridae family. It is found across much of the Australian continent from central-western New South Wales and southwestern Queensland over to coastal Western Australia. It inhabits predominantly arid and semi-arid regions. Exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism, the male in breeding plumage is a small, long-tailed bird of predominantly bright blue and black colouration. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour; this gave the early impression that males were polygamous as all dull-coloured birds were taken for females. It comprises several similar all-blue and black subspecies that were originally considered separate species.

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Comments (102)

cindy555 on December 10, 2012

Hi Joni

Yes your birds are lovely...I saw these today at the beach but they are very hard to get a picture of them...Have a lovely day..Marion:-)

Roger Powell on January 25

What a beautiful image!
Wrens are very figity and hard to capture.
: ))

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Photo taken in John Graham Recreation Reserve, Munster WA 6166, Australia

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