fairy wren


fairy wren

bird
also called  Blue Wren, or Superb Warbler,  
 any of the 14 species of the Australian genus Malurus of the songbird family Maluridae (sometimes placed in the warbler family Sylviidae). These common names, and bluecap, are given particularly to M. cyaneus, a great favourite in gardens and orchards of eastern Australia. The male has blue foreparts with black markings. This species, like others of the genus, is about 13 centimetres (5 inches) long, with a narrow blue tail, which is carried cocked up. The bluecap sometimes sings at night as well as by day. The splendid fairy wren (M. splendens; see photograph—>) of Western Australia, unlike the bluecap in the east, avoids settled areas.

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  • fairy-wren — noun Common name for certain small, insectivorous Australian birds, incorporating fourteen members of the family Maluridae …   Wiktionary

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  • Splendid Fairy-wren — Taxobox name = Splendid Fairy wren status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref = [IUCN2006|assessors=BirdLife International|year=2004|id=50688|title=Malurus splendens|downloaded=19 October 2007] image caption = A male Splendid Fairy wren… …   Wikipedia

  • Red-winged Fairy-wren — Taxobox name = Red winged Fairy wren image width = 220px image caption = Male in nuptial plumage, Margaret River, Western Australia status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref = [BirdLife International 2004.… …   Wikipedia

  • Red-backed Fairy-wren — Taxobox name = Red backed Fairy wren image caption = Male (ssp. melanocephalus ) in breeding plumage carrying red petal, Noosa status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref = [BirdLife International 2004.… …   Wikipedia

  • White-winged Fairy-wren — Taxobox name = White winged Fairy wren image caption = ssp. leuconotus Coolmunda Dam, nr Inglewood, Qld status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref =IUCN2006|assessors=BirdLife International|year=2004|id=50686|title=Malurus… …   Wikipedia

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