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The White-winged Fairywren (Malurus leucopterus) is a small bird with a long tail, that is usually held cocked. It is the breeding male of the species that are sapphire blue with white wing patches and blue tail. The females and non-breeding males are a plain pale grey, with the patch between the eye and lores (bill) also being pale.

They are typically found in open arid country, often seen perched on the top of bushes.

This small bird is found mainly in the semi-arid and arid regions of Australia and can often be seen roaming wild through the park.

Images © Ausemade PL

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Maluridae
  • Genus: Malurus
  • Species: M. splendens
  • Binomial name: Malurus splendens

Footnote & References

  1. Fairywren Project, eBird Australia,