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 (132)

cindy555 on September 10, 2013

Hi Richard, the males only turn this colour every Spring, got to impress all the females of course:-))

Many thanks for the YSL Cheers Marion

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on September 10, 2013

Beautiful picture ! LIKE ! My riendly greting,Natuska

cindy555 on September 10, 2013

Natuska

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

Sandra Vilumsone on September 10, 2013

FAVORIT+LIKE

InTheBush on September 10, 2013

Is he real, Marion? :-)))

cindy555 on September 10, 2013

Sandra

Many thanks for the YSL

Cheers Marion :-)

cindy555 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

Oh..my..what 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!!!!

cindy555 on September 14, 2013

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


Pong

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

✿ܓ Gyöngyi ✿ܓ on September 14, 2013

Beautiful bird ~°~

Beautiful pictures !

Regards Gyöngyi

Y SL

cindy555 on September 21, 2013

Gyöngyi

Thank you for the visit and YSL

Have a nice weekend

Marion:-)

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Photo taken in Woodman Point Regional Park, Cockburn Road, Munster WA 6166, Australia

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