Superb Fairy-wren
Male, profile
Murray Mallee Region
Superb Fairy-wren
Male, eclipse plumage
 
    
Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus ssp elizabethae)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Australian Fairy-wren (Maluridae)
Species: Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus ssp elizabethae)
This Photo:     Male, singing

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA & Adelaide Hills, and elsewhere
More formal looking than the splendid; like wearing a grey suit with a black & sky blue scarf and cap.
Had a nice long chat with Rose Fletcher (she observed a nest daily for about 6 weeks), and there seems to be come conjecture, elsewhere, surrounding the colours & identification of males (non-breeding), females & juveniles.
1. The Downy feathers typically associated with juveniles seem to be a trait of the adults of this family
2. A black beak means it's a male
3. Juvenile males have red surrounding the eye. The very young don't have much red, then they all get more; the males then loose the red as they come to adult-hood
4. Females have blue tails (seems a contentious point with some birders)
5. Males with breeding plumage can have more blue in their throat than those presented here; yet our books suggest we only get the one sub-species

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 23-Mar-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)