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Female & Male Red-winged Fairywren (Malurus elegans)

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The Red-winged Fairywren (Malurus elegans) is a species of passerine bird in the Maluridae family. It is sedentary and endemic to the southwestern corner of Western Australia. Exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism, the male adopts a brilliantly coloured breeding plumage, with an iridescent silvery-blue crown, ear coverts and upper back, red shoulders, contrasting with a black throat, grey-brown tail and wings and pale underparts. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles have predominantly grey-brown plumage, though males may bear isolated blue and black feathers. No separate subspecies are recognised. Similar in appearance and closely related to the Variegated Fairywren (M. lamberti) and the Blue-breasted Fairywren (M. pulcherrimus), it is regarded as a separate species as no intermediate forms have been recorded where ranges overlap. Though the Red-winged Fairywren is locally common, there is evidence of a decline in numbers.

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Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2013 7:56AM
Great images. TedGrinGrin

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20 Jul 2013 8:04AM
What excellent captures!
I love V2.

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2013 8:04AM
Two delightful shots of this enchanting little bird.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
20 Jul 2013 10:33AM
fab pair GrinGrinGrin
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
20 Jul 2013 12:24PM
One so colourful and one not but both very cute little birds and both well captured......Sandy
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2013 3:04PM
Cracking shots !!!.....amazing little birds !
cjl47 10 4 3 England
20 Jul 2013 5:06PM
v2 is great
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2013 7:29PM
Difficult to believe they are the same only one male and one female - two wonderful images superbly captured.

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