Male, starting to leave eclipse
|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, almost full breeding colours|
|Other name:||Variegated Fairy-wren|
Thank you Antoni Camozzato for confirming the id of this species for us
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)