Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Lovely Fairy-Wren

Overseas people often say that they love Australian birds because they are 'colour-coded'. It's true - we have some wonderful colorful species, and the uniquely Australian family of Fairy-Wren is a great example. With names like Superb, Splendid and Lovely Fairy-Wren, it says it all.
The Lovely Fairy-Wren is only found in Far Northern Qld, and is the brightest of them all. The female is quite blue (whereas in other species they are mostly brown) and the male is stunning with blue, red and black.




Family groups of Lovely Fairy-Wren are seen around Daintree Village, with Stewart Creek Rd and the gardens of Red Mill House being likely locations. A group seen this week had two brightly coloured males - usually it is one male to three or four female or immature. Such a treat to see.

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