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Superb Fairy-wren
Malurus cyaneus

Fairy-wrens are one of the most recognisable bird families in Australia - the males of several species have iredescent blue plumage on all or part of them. They are small birds, around 14cm in length, a good proportion of which is the tail and they weigh only 10 grams. In Sydney, the most common species is the Superb Fairy-wren (the other being the Variegated Fairy-wren). They move in family groups, usually one male and several females and juveiles, and forage for insects in trees and bushes and sometimes on the ground. The song is a high-pitched squeaky trill. The first photo is an adult male while the second is a male coming into its breeding plumage. The third bird is an immature male, while the last is a female, which has a red eye-ring.

Superb Fairy-wren male

Superb Fairy-wren moulting male

Superb Fairy-wren juvenile male

Superb Fairy-wren female

Superb Fairy-wren female

1: Gloucester Tops, NSW, 27/10/2010.
2: Bicentennial Park, NSW, 20/09/2010.
3: Wheeny Creek campground, Wollemi NP, NSW, 20/06/2010.
4-5: Rhodes, NSW, 01/10/2011.