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 (100)

Dušan Railfan on September 3, 2012


Cindy Breen on September 3, 2012

Dušan Le,

Many thanks for the YSL

Cheers Marion

Erik van den Ham on September 4, 2012

WOW this little fellow really got the blues! What a magnificent bird and how interesting to read they change color in the mating season!!! Liked!!

Warm wishes, Erik

brian gillman on September 4, 2012

Hope he doesn't mind me saying but he's a pretty little chap. Super shade of blue!

Best wishes, Brian.

Cindy Breen on September 5, 2012

Hi Erik

They are so hard to try and get a picture of so tiny and fast, so i was happy to get a picture of this beautiful little bird..Cheers marion

Cindy Breen on September 5, 2012

He sure is a pretty little guy Brian..Best wishes marion

Rol/Photo/Alsace on September 6, 2012

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.. Marion excuses.. moi je ne l'avais pas vu..

Une vraie beauté YSL

BRAVO.. Marion...!

Amitiés, roland

Cindy Breen on September 10, 2012

Thank you Inge

best wishes marion

Cindy Breen on September 10, 2012

Thank you Roland for the lovely comment and YSL

He sure is a lovely bird..Cheers Marion

a3a35919 on September 21, 2012

Cute little one he is Maz

Cindy Breen on September 21, 2012

Yes he sure is Raz:-)

Frode Iversen on September 25, 2012

Very nice shot! Like! Greetings from Norway. Frode.

Cindy Breen on September 26, 2012

Thank you Frode

Best wishes marion

Ivan Logvinov on October 30, 2012

Friendly greetings from Russia!

Cindy Breen on October 31, 2012

Hi Ivan

Best wishes to you:-))


fonehome1 on November 24, 2012

I love birds! What a beautiful little fairywren. Nice details of the feather patterns. LIKED. :)

jknaus on December 10, 2012

Very, very cute - he reminds little of our Blue and Yellow Tits YSL, Joni

Cindy Breen on December 10, 2012

Thank you Sharron they are very cute I love the colours of the males..Marion

Cindy Breen 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, 2014

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

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Cindy Breen
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

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