Splendid Fairy-wren
Female, back
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Front, Squatting
Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens ssp melanotus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Australian Fairy-wren (Maluridae)
Species: Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens ssp melanotus)
This Photo:     Behaviour

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
This behaviour is very interesting.
Within a second of the first photo being taken the male had seen us and
immediately hopped over the female to stand in front and hide her.
Until we looked at the photo we thought she had flown away.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Ours are the "Black-backed Race"
Males are a bright blue, mischievous rascals. Will sing loudly to distract you away from nest and family.
The hours we've spent being lead from one bush to the next and back to the first to get a shot

As with other wrens, males coming into breeding plumage are a real hotchpotch.
Females are very plain with an apricot patch around the eye, if you can get close enough to see it. Her blue tail is easy to spot, though.
We get the "Black Back" race. The black back is not easy to see.

Copyright © 2007- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-Nov-2007
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)