Species Index

Malurus cyaneus
(Ellis, 1782)

Common Name: Superb Fairy-wren

Distribution: Superb Fairy-wrens range south of the Tropic of Capricorn through eastern Australia and Tasmania to the south-eastern corner of South Australia.

Ecological Notes: The species can be observed in almost any area that has at least a little dense undergrowth for shelter, including grasslands with scattered shrubs, hinddune plant communities, heathlands, woodlands, moderately thick forest and domestic gardens. It mainly eats insects, but also some seeds and fruit, and forage in groups.

Additional Notes: The contents of these birds’ nests are not necessarily the progeny of the ‘coloured’ male, as there is much infidelity among female Fairy-wrens, with many eggs resulting from extra-pair liaisons. Males sing to their eggs and their chicks come out recognising their parent’s unique song.

References: Atlas of Living Australia at Superb Fairywren Accessed 29 July 2020.
eBird Australia at Accessed 14 August 2023.
Wikipedia. “Superb Fairywren.” Last modified 9 May.