Male & Female
|Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
|Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
|Australian Fairy-wren (Maluridae) iNaturalist Observation
|Black-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens ssp melanotus)
|Male, getting breedng colours
Thank you Antoni Camozzato for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
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.