Male SPLENDID FAIRY WREN (Malurus splendens) - ©australiascoralcoast.com
Also known simply as the Splendid Wren or more colloquially in Western Australia as the Blue Wren, is a passerine bird of the Maluridae family. It is found across much of the Australian continent.
Exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism, the male in breeding plumage is a small, long-tailed bird of predominantly bright blue and black colouration. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour
- Sexually promiscuous, meaning that although they form pairs between one male and one female, each partner will mate with other individuals and even assist in raising the young from such trysts.
- Male wrens pluck pink or purple petals and display them to females as part of a courtship display.
- Over a third of offspring are the result of an ‘extramarital’ mating
- Helper birds assist in defending the territory and feeding and rearing the young
- Birds in a group roost side-by-side in dense cover as well as engage in mutual preening