Splendid Fairy-wren
Male, profile
Ellura
Splendid Fairy-wren
Male, Front
 
    
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:     Male, almost full breeding colours

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 © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Jan-2013
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)