|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)|
|Order:||Perching Birds (Passeriformes)|
|Family:||Australian Fairy-wren (Maluridae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Purple-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus assimilis)|
|This Photo:||Male, close up|
|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)