Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wild Bird 106 - Superb Fairy-Wren

If Black Swans were a shock to the early european settlers in Australia, I really can't image the impact that this bird would have had.

This is a male Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus cyaneus) singing its heart out to let other know who is boss.

These birds are tiny as mice, and just as fast.  They tend to gather in family groups, so it is rare to see one on its own.  While not as vocal as some wrens, these fairy wrens make up for that in colour.

This is the typical "blue wren" of South-East Australia, and one day I hope to be able to get decent images of some of these other species.





I don't have time to do much more today - so, sorry for the short post!

Over to you!


53 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

they are just the cutest dang birds EVER!!! :)

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That is electric blue! Neat little bird!

Chris Rohrer said...

What a gorgeous little bird. Interesting as well. Wrens really do take on many shapes, forms, colors and make a variety of sounds. Great group of birds. Love the blue coloring on this particular one.

NatureFootstep said...

ahort psots is OK. :) your little wren I hope to see in September. :)
Have a great week.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Stewart A beautiful little bird and yes you are right, very difficult to photograph as it is so fast. T.hanks for hosting

Felicia said...

He is SO beautiful.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

These colors are amazing!!!

Revrunner said...

Beautiful! I've not seen one before.

Gunilla Bäck said...

A colourful little fellow.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

such a beautiful bird

Kristi Bowman said...

Wow what a gorgeous bird. You don't have to do more, this beauty is enough!!

Sylvia K said...

A colorful little beauty indeed, Stewart!! Nothing wrong with short posts and besides, look at your great pics!!!

cobie en bas van Es said...

wat is hij mooi wat een geweldig mooie kleur heeft hij.

mick said...

Great photos. Fairy Wrens are my favorite birds!

Linda W. said...

What a pretty bird! Love it's bright shade of blue. Nice photos!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I want five of them! They're beauties. I wish we had them here in Kentucky.

Frank said...

Stunning colours. I bet they thought it was from somewhere exotic!

I've also kept it fairly short today.

Karen said...

I just love these tiny birds, they are so sweet!

Fun60 said...

That blue colour doesn't look real.

edenhills said...

That is a stunning blue! Very cute!

eileeninmd said...

Just gorgeous and one of my favorite birds from your country. Lovely photos, Stewart. Thanks for hosting, enjoy the rest of your week!

Brian King said...

I love the Fairy Wrens...all species! The long tails and colors are just gorgeous. We don't really have anything similar here.

Carole M. said...

aren't these fellows such a joy to hone in on? Yes, forever on the move, just still long enough to sing his lovely song; lovely captures Stewart

lindaakacraftygardener said...

such beautiful colourings on the little bird

lindaakacraftygardener said...

such beautiful colourings on the little bird

Pat Ulrich said...

It seems just not possible to even try to imagine a more beautiful bird! Wonderful to see!

bailey-road.com said...

Stunning color. Fantastic captures, Stewart.

Stuart Price said...

A bit nicer looking than the little brown wrens the northern hemisphere gets.............!

babsjeheron said...

Stewart, if I didn't know better, I would guess that you had entirely made up this wren! It is outrageously colorful, beautiful photos of a stunning bird.

bettyl-NZ said...

How colorful he is! I wish we had birds with such colors!

Small City Scenes said...

What a sweet sweet bird. Love the colors and I bet it is a beautiful song he is trilling. MB

vesselsmemories said...

Hi,
This is my first time to visit your blog. I am linked up to your Wednesday link and will start to follow this awesome blog! I have so much to learn about birds!

Dawn
@ A Place for Pictures and Memories

Jo said...

The vivacious color of the Superb Fairy Wren, made up for any brevity in your post, Stewart. Thanks for sharing. I'm linking to your meme today - not sure if I'll be online next Wednesday as I'm traveling between East and South Africa from Monday midday until Wednesday sometime in the early afternoon. Till then Happy Birding. Greetings, Jo

Irma said...

Beautiful bird, Stewart.
The colors are great.
Best regards, Irma

Jutta.K said...

Kurz, aber prächtig, so einen Vogel habe ich in Deutschland noch nie gesehen, gibt es auch wahrscheinlich nicht !

Mary Cromer said...

What wee little charmers these must be...brilliant colour~

Breathtaking said...

They really are beautiful! How I wish I could see them in my garden. Lovely to see them here though Stewart.

A Quiet Corner said...

Wrens here are so cute, being "little brown birds" as my BFF says, but these are great, Stweart...iridescent!!!...:)JP

Christian Perrin said...

I love how stunning some of our most common suburban birds are. That said, I've never managed to get such lovely shots of these flighty, bouncy little birds - your pics are great!

marshaleith said...

wow- absolutely stunning bird.....my canada geese are so drab compared to this little wren!!

Nick V. said...

Lovely shots of these colourful wrens, Stewart.

Gillian Olson said...

Delightful little bird,

Montanagirl said...

They are just gorgeous little birdies!!

BumbleVee said...

Wow.... superb indeed!

Janice Adcock said...

Such a real beauty. Is there another bird almost hidden in the foreground?

pattisjarrett said...

What a colorful wren! Love those twitchy tails--so much personality. You have the most brilliantly-colored birds over there.

pattisjarrett said...

What a colorful little wren. I love those twitchy tails, so much personality. Thanks for hosting!

Linda said...

What a bright blue! Nice to see.

Andrea Priebe said...

Well, you hadn't posted when I had to leave Tuesday so my plan was to link up when I got home that evening ... but, being the old poop that I am, I didn't remember until this morning (Thursday)so I have decided to save my post for next week. I do have to comment on your beautiful Superb Fairy Wren though. He looks just like our Wren with his mouth forever open except ... OMG, his coloring is gorgeous. How is it that you get all of the colorful birds down your way ... did we do something to deserve this deprivation? I know, we do have some beauties here, but you just keep coming up with more and more. Just another reminder of why you are on my Bucket list. Another great week at WBW ... Thanks, Stewart!

Andrea @ From The Sol

Marie said...

He's just stunning! Little like the verdin I plan to post but so much more colorful! I just love his vibrant blue!

Adam Jones said...

Wow! That little Wren doesn't look real.

Pat Tillett said...

What a beauty! The colors are amazing. It is also very cute!
Nice photos Stewart.

DesertHen said...

What a beautiful bird!