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Purple-crowned Fairy-wren

(Malurus coronatus)
Alternate name(s): "Crowned Superb Warbler", "Lilac-crowned Wren", "Purple-crowned Wren",
"Lilac-crowned Fairy-wren", "Mauve-crowned Wren", "Purple-crowned Warbler", "Purple-crowned Wren-warbler"

Size: 14-15.5 cm
Weight: 9-13 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Purple-crowned Fairy-wren at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "coronatus"

This race is also called the "Western Purple-crowned Fairy-wren".

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Frontal view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage; note the purple crown
(photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, September 2020]

Near-frontal view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage; note the purple crown with the black central spot
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Near-frontal view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Near-frontal/ventral view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Near-lateral view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Lateral view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage issuing its call (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Lateral view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage; note the purple crown with the black central spot
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Distant dorsal view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Victoria River, NT, July 2018]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Purple-crowned Fairy-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Frontal view of a female Purple-crowned Fairy-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Lateral view of a female Purple-crowned Fairy-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

PAIR

Frontal/near-dorsal view of a pair of Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, with the male in breeding plumage
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Near-frontal view of a pair of Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, with the male in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Near-lateral/lateral view of a pair of Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, with the male in breeding plumage
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Lateral view of a pair of Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens, with the male in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Victoria River Roadhouse, NT, July 2020]

Race "macgillivrayi"

This race is also called "Macgillivray's Fairy-wren".

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Close-up frontal view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage
(photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Adles Grove, near Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, December 2020]

View from above onto the name-giving crown of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage
(photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, September 2019]

Close-up near-frontal view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage, looking towards the observer
(photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Adles Grove, near Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, December 2020]

Near-frontal view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage looking towards the observer
(photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Adles Grove, near Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, December 2020]

Close-up near-lateral view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage looking upwards
(photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Adles Grove, near Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, December 2020]

Close-up lateral view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage looking towards the observer
(photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Adles Grove, near Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, December 2020]

Close-up lateral view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage, (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Adles Grove, near Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, December 2020]

Lateral view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage, with a view of its whitish chin
(photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, September 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, September 2019]

FEMALE

Close-up frontal view of a female Purple-crowned Fairy-wren; note the rufous ear coverts and the bluish-grey cap
(photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Adles Grove, near Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, December 2020]

Frontal view of a female Purple-crowned Fairy-wren (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, July 2016]

Frontal view of a female Purple-crowned Fairy-wren (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, July 2016]

Partly obscured near-frontal view of a female Purple-crowned Fairy-wren (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Adles Grove, near Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, December 2020]

Close-up lateral view of a female Purple-crowned Fairy-wren (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Adles Grove, near Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, December 2020]

Dorsal/ventral view of a female Purple-crowned Fairy-wren (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) NP, QLD, July 2016]

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