Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus cyaneus)


I’ve been trying to capture the image of one of these beautiful birds for such a long time, almost as long as my memory serves me. They are quite rare and to catch the  fleeting aqua/blue as they fly past is quite extraordinary. It is only the male fairy wrens that have the bright blue aqua plumage, and only when they are breeding. When they are not breeding, they take on the brown colours of the female wren, although parading a blue/purple tail.  Males are usually found with females, as they are socially monogamous. The females brown plumage support a blue tail and they have red feathers around the eyes.

AUSTRALIAN RESEARCHERS HAVE DISCOVERED that crafty fairy-wrens can understand and respond to the danger calls of other birds, suggesting that they have an advanced level of awareness about the world around them. For more information about this, please read this article at Australian Geographic.

Fairy-wrens eavesdrop to avert danger.

p.s. Most images of superb fairy wrens have been enhanced to a more cyan/blue colour, yet their plumage in reality is closer to the photograph that I have taken above. I hope you enjoy his image!  I most certainly do… :).

14 comments on “Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus cyaneus)

    • Merci beaucoup Cenwen pour votre commentaire doux. J’ai beaucoup aimé ma rencontre énormément et je suis très heureux que vous ayez apprécié ce magnifique oiseau trop :). Bénédictions et douche et sereine journée à vous, Bisous ❤


  1. Wow! What a great once in a lifetime shot! Beautiful bird. We have lots of wrens here in Virginia, USA ( and I especially Love them), but they don’t wear my favorite color blue! We are kindred spirits! I also occasionally Blog about Nature.
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    • I’ve tried leaving this comment at your blog post bird-sonalities, yet it doesn’t recognise my wordpress address, so here it is…It’s wonderful that you are such an avid birdwatcher, as am I. We share some birds that are the same, such as introduced species such as the starling, miner bird, dove ( although we have 3 species that are native) and blackbird, mainly considered pests, and others that aren’t considered pests. You have some magnificent blue species in North America, such as the Blue Jays (as your article demonstrates your love of) Eastern/Western/Mountain Blue Birds. Blue finches, blue hummingbirds, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Buntings, barn swallows…. we don’t have them here! We have the azure kingfisher and blue winger kookaburra, the fairy wrens, blue faced honeyeaters, rainbow lorikeets with blue heads, northern rosellas, blue-winged pittas… You would love our splendid fairy wrens, another rare glimpse into a magnificent bird. Check out these photos! Have a nice day, Bridget 🙂


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