Mainland Purple-backed Fairy-wren
Male, profile
Mainland Purple-backed Fairy-wren
Male, front
Mainland Purple-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus assimilis ssp assimilis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Perching Birds (Passeriformes)
Family: Australian Fairy-wren (Maluridae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Mainland Purple-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus assimilis ssp assimilis)
This Photo:     Male, close up
Synonym: Malurus lamberti
Other name: Variegated Fairy-wren

Thank you Antoni Camozzato for confirming the id of this species for us

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
I was photographing some splendid fairy-wrens when this little guy popped his head out of a Spiny Fan-flower. I only managed to get this one shot off before he was gone.
Some birds are happy to pose for the camera. But these are so timid, they hide if they think you can see them.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
The male is very similar to the Superb but with a chestnut "scarf". Unlike the splendid, the patch around the female's eye is blood-red.
So far we haven't seen the Superb & Variegated in the same area.
Last year, 2018, these were split out from the Variegated Fairy-wrens (Malurus lamberti)

Copyright © 2014-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Jul-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)