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Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus),

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The Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus), also known as the Superb Blue-wren or colloquially as the Blue Wren, is a passerine bird of the Maluridae family, common and familiar across south-eastern Australia. The species is sedentary and territorial, also exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism; the male in breeding plumage has a striking bright blue forehead, ear coverts, mantle, and tail, with a black mask and black or dark blue throat. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour; this gave the early impression that males were polygamous, as all dull-coloured birds were taken for females. Two subspecies are recognized: the larger and darker Tasmanian form cyaneus and the smaller and paler mainland form cyanochlamys.

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5 May 2012 8:45AM
Beautiful little bird and very well captured. Moira

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5 May 2012 9:03AM
Great pre-narrative supported by a stunningly beautiful bird, superb colours and gorgeous detail.

Regards Nathan
5 May 2012 9:05AM
Beautiful little bird.
What a beautiful bird, lovely capture.
lovely colours nice photo Grin
A striking little bird.
JNC
You certainly have some beautiful birds over there Gordon. Nice capture on this lil fella. Smile

Mark
Fantastic shot!
Brilliant composition and colours.
Sam.

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