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Red-winged Fairy-wren

(Malurus elegans)
Alternate name(s): "Marsh Wren", "Elegant Fairy Wren", "Red-winged Wren", "Graceful Wren"
Aboriginal name(s): "djorrdjilya*", "djodal*"

Size: 14-16 cm
Weight: 8-11 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red-winged Fairy-wren at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Partly obscured frontal view of a male Red-winged Fairy-wren in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Walpole, WA, August 2018]

Near-frontal view of a male Red-winged Fairy-wren in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Margaret River, WA, April 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male Red-winged Fairy-wren in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Margaret River, WA, April 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male Red-winged Fairy-wren with its wings and tail fanned, ready for take-off
(photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

Lateral view of a male Red-winged Fairy-wren in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Margaret River, WA, April 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a male Red-winged Fairy-wren in breeding plumage, tail down (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Margaret River, WA, April 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a male Red-winged Fairy-wren in breeding plumage, tail up and wagging (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Margaret River, WA, April 2019]

NON-BREEDING

Close-up frontal view of a male Red-winged Fairy-wren in non-breeding plumage - note the black lores
(photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Manjimup, WA, March 2015]

Near-frontal view of a male Red-winged Fairy-wren in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Margaret River, WA, April 2019]

Lateral view of a male Red-winged Fairy-wren in non-breeding plumage; although the bird is looking away, one can see its black lores (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Margaret River, WA, April 2019]

Lateral view of a male Red-winged Fairy-wren in near non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Manjimup, WA, March 2015]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Red-winged Fairy-wren - note the rufous lores (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Albany, WA, January 2015]

Lateral view of a female Red-winged Fairy-wren (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Manjimup, WA, March 2015]

Clan of Red-winged Fairy-wrens; female, centre, male in breeding plumage, right, and non-breeding male, left
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Margaret River, WA, April 2019]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

We will try to replace the rather poor recording below with a better one ASAP.

rwfairy_jg_20150210.m4a (SW WA) Territorial call © JG

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