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Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus)

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The Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) is a species of passerine bird in the Maluridae family. It is endemic to Australia and can be found near rivers and coastal areas along the northern and eastern coastlines from the Kimberley in the northwest to the Hunter Region in New South Wales. Like other fairywrens, this species displays marked sexual dimorphism. The male adopts a striking breeding plumage, with a black head and upperparts and tail, and brightly coloured red back and brown wings. The female has brownish upperparts and paler underparts. The male in eclipse plumage and the juvenile resemble the female. Some males remain in non-breeding plumage while breeding. Two subspecies are recognised; the nominate form melanocephalus of eastern Australia has a longer tail and orange back, and the short-tailed form cruentatus from northern Australia has a redder back

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Wonderful little wren and a brilliant sharp shot. Well done

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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
3 Jul 2012 1:50PM
Lovely colours and detail..........Sandy
TonyDy Plus
9 9 3 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 2:42PM
Great shot, Gordon.
beautiful colour red on it back great shot GrinGrinGrin
bagman 6 65 United States
3 Jul 2012 3:21PM
Top notch sharp detailed colorful little wren capture.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 6:24PM
A fine shot of a very fine bird
Top work Graham


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