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About the Superb Fairywren

Also known as: Australian Fairywren, Blue Wren, Blue Fairywren, Superb Blue-Wren

The Superb Fairywren is a beautiful small species of songbird found in southeast Australia. Males have remarkable breeding plumage and differ greatly from females of the species. They are also known as Blue Wrens or Australian Fairywrens.

Breeding male Superb Fairywrens have pretty iridescent blue at the crown, cheek, and upper back. This contrasts with black and brownish-grey elsewhere on the body. Females and non-breeding males are a dull fawn in color, as are immature birds of both sexes.

Superb Fairywrens feed on insects as well as plant material like seeds and fruit. The diet consists mostly of insects when they are available, and includes ants, grasshoppers, and weevils.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 17 June 2015
Scientific Name Malurus cyaneus
  • Passeriformes
  • Maluridae
  • Malurus
  • M. cyaneus
Birdorable Family Nuthatches & Wrens
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 11 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.5 inches
.28 to .46 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • 华丽细尾鹩莺 (Chinese)
  • modropláštník nádherný (Czech)
  • Sortstrubet Alfesmutte (Danish)
  • Ornaatelfje (Dutch)
  • sinikurkkumaluri (Finnish)
  • Mérion superbe (French)
  • Prachtstaffelschwanz (German)
  • Scricciolo azzurro superbo (Italian)
  • ルリオアストラリアムシクイ [rurio-sutorariamushikui] (Japanese)
  • Blåalvesmett (Norwegian)
  • chwostka szafirowa (Polish)
  • Прекрасный расписной малюр (Russian)
  • Maluro Soberbio (Spanish)
  • vitbukig blåsmyg (Swedish)

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Bird Term: Sexual Dimorphism

Bird Term: Sexual Dimorphism

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