Purple-backed Fairy-wren
Pair
Murray Mallee Region
Superb Fairy-wren
Juvenile
 
                      
Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus ssp leggei)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Australian Fairy-wren (Maluridae)
Species: Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus ssp leggei)
This Photo:     Fledgling

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA, Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
More formal looking than the splendid; like wearing a grey suit with a black & sky blue scarf and cap.
Non-breeding males, juvenile males and females can be hard to differentiate. Adult Males have black beaks, females have orange/red beaks.
Kristen Messenger said "males have black eyelashes while females have chestnut".

Copyright © 2014-2022 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)