This Splendid Fairywren Ideally Reflects Its Name

Splendid Fairywren

Splendid Fairywren is a bird that can take your breath away at first glance. You can call them the blue beauty that ideally reflects their name “Splendid Fairywren”. Their radiant blue color plumage and striking light blue plumes are completely captivating to make you fall for them.

If you spot the bird in person you’ll feel like mother nature never ceases to amaze us by accompanying such a splendid birdy. Whether you are a bird enthusiast or not, the glamorous look of Splendid Fairywren will make you crazy for sure.

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Splendid Fairywren

Splendid Fairywren is a small passerine bird that is scientifically named the Malurus splendens. They are one of the most beautiful birds among the Australian wren family, Maluridae. Simply, it is called the Splendid wren and blue wren in Western Australia. It is a small bird that is around 14 cm in length. 

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Not only for its bright blue color but the bird is notable for several peculiar behavioral characteristics. Let’s dive deeper into the Splendid Fairywren to know why it is a sight worth gushing over. 

The Splendid Fairywren displays its beauty.

Breeding males have bright blue foreheads and ear coverts, and a violet throat. Their back wings, chest, and tail are rich blue with a black bill. Non-breeding males are brown with blue wings and a bluish tail.  

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Splendid Fairywren

Females also resemble non-breeding males but they have chestnut bills and eye-patch. 

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Where are they found?

The splendid fairywren is found across the entire Australian Continent from central-western New South Wales and Southwestern Queensland over to coastal Western Australia. 

They inhabit prominently arid and semi-arid regions. 

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Splendid Fariywrens are sexually dimorphic: breeding males have bright plumage while non-breeding males, females, and juveniles are duller in color.

Splendid Fairywren

The sight of non-breeding males, females, and juveniles can leave you in shock, as they have gray-brown plumage while the breeding males have prominently bright blue and black coloration.

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Breeding males are small and long-tailed birds. 

Fairy Wrens are insectivorous.

Their diet includes insects such as ants, crickets, spiders, bugs, and grasshoppers. They usually forage on the ground and in shrubs (not more than 2 meters above the ground) and also in the canopy of flowering gums occasionally.

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These Fairywrens form pairs between one male and one female where each partner will mate with other individuals to increase and assist in raising the young ones.

Splendid Fairywren

Male Splendid Fairywrens have a spectacular courtship display.

Males pluck pink or purple petals and display them to females during courtship display. 

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Their breeding season occurs from late August through to January

Females build the domed structured nest by weaving grasses and spider webs with an entrance on one side close to the ground.

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Females of Splendid Fairywren lay a clutch of two to four dull white eggs with reddish-brown spots, and incubate them for 14 to 15 days.

Splendid Fairywren

There is a more interesting fact about the Splendid Fairy Wrens that they commonly play host to the brood parasite (birds who lay their eggs in other birds’ nests). 

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Isn’t this Splendid Fairywren truly splendid? Comment down your thoughts and share them with your friends and family to see this charming bird.

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