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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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Briwooly 12 452 5 England
31 Oct 2013 9:06AM
Great image and a very interesting description


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TonyDy Plus
9 9 3 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2013 11:22AM
As always, a lovely shot, Gordon.
31 Oct 2013 11:55AM
I know itís not easy to catch it clearly as it was moving all the way. Great capture , love it very much !
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
31 Oct 2013 12:28PM
Beautiful capture
fotobee Plus
4 4 3 South Africa
31 Oct 2013 3:57PM
Very good photo!
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2013 5:22PM
A beautiful little bird so well captured.
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
31 Oct 2013 7:06PM
Nice image!! I like it a lot!!
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 5:22PM
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