The Splendid Fairywren (Malurus splendens)

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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 (131)

Cindy Breen on September 10, 2013


Many thanks for all your visits...

I wish you a nice day, will see more of your pictures soon as well, time not on my side today :-((

Cheers Marion

s+b on September 10, 2013


InTheBush on September 10, 2013

Is he real, Marion? :-)))

Cindy Breen on September 10, 2013


Many thanks for the YSL

Cheers Marion :-)

Cindy Breen on September 10, 2013

He looks to beautiful to be real Caroline:-)) You should have seen some at that place I go to where the brick building is...Cheers Marion:-)

ƤōƝƓ on September 11, 2013 a wonderful creature. I knew this bird species the first time from an Australian watercolour artist in YouTube. F + L

InTheBush on September 11, 2013

That's right Marion! That's why I said it...he is soooo pretty!!!!

Cindy Breen on September 14, 2013

He sure is Caroline but very hard to get a picture of them...


Many thanks for the YSL yes they are great to have on a watercolour...Best wishes Marion

✿ܓGy㋡ngyi ✿ܓ on September 14, 2013

Beautiful bird ~°~

Beautiful pictures !

Regards Gyöngyi


Cindy Breen on September 21, 2013


Thank you for the visit and YSL

Have a nice weekend


ScotchHeather on February 28

Marion - such an exquisite bird, like a jewel. Great instructive comment too. L81 from Heather.

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Cindy Breen
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

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