Australian Birds, Wildlife
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Splendid Fairy Wren

Splendid Fairy Wren Malurus splendens Korung National Park Western Australia

“As spring advances they separate into pairs, the male undergoing a total transformation, not only in the colour, but also in the texture of its plumage; indeed, a more astonishing change can scarcely be imagined, its plain and unassuming garb being thrown off for a few months and another assumed, which for resplendent beauty is hardly surpassed by any of the feathered race” – John Gould, Birds of Australia

On a rather cold and cloudy day in the Perth Hills this Splendid Fairy Wren (Malurus splendens) showed the inevitability of seasons with the most beautiful breeding costumes of any Australian bird I know. Although featured on iAMsafari before, it’s one of those happy highlights no one can ever get enough of.


  1. This is a stunning photo of an amazing bird. I have written the name down and want to find out more about them! Thanks for sharing. I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and today’s poem is about a fairy in case you have time to look? Perhaps one day I will write one about the Fairy Wren! Wishing you a good afternoon, Sam πŸ™‚

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