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Splendid Fairywren (Malurus splendens),

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The Splendid Fairywren (Malurus splendens), also known simply as the Splendid Wren or more colloquially in Western Australia as the Blue Wren, is a passerine bird of the Maluridae family. It is found across much of the Australian continent from central-western New South Wales and southwestern Queensland over to coastal Western Australia. It inhabits predominantly arid and semi-arid regions. Exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism, the male in breeding plumage is a small, long-tailed bird of predominantly bright blue and black colouration. 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. It comprises several similar all-blue and black subspecies that were originally considered separate species.

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gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
28 Feb 2013 11:06AM
Wow what an amazingly colourful bird, well taken and a very interesting right up too. - gary

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TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 11:30AM
Super shot of this beautiful bird, Gordon.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
28 Feb 2013 11:52AM
what a fantastic bird, a wonderful shot with great detail
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
28 Feb 2013 12:31PM
The colours and detail are astounding -Great Image!!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
28 Feb 2013 12:36PM
What a stunning colour, a truly beautiful little bird well captured. Carol
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 1:21PM
What a sensational little birdSmile Excellent shot.

28 Feb 2013 2:51PM
A superb detailed capture of this beautiful coloured bird. Ace!

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 3:16PM
Wow, stunning colours,

28 Feb 2013 5:55PM
Amazing Smile
kazza12 5 2 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 6:22PM
lovely colours a great capture SmileSmile
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2013 7:54PM
This is a spendid bird indeed and a splendid capture showing him off to his full beauty - great shot.

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