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Superb Fairy-wren

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Superb Fairy-wren

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It seems unfair when one member of the family gets all the good looks, especially when it's the father. But that's how it is for the Superb Fairy-wren.

Superb Fairy-wrens are found throughout eastern Australia and Tasmania to the south-eastern corner of South Australia.

The dazzling blue plumage on a breeding male's head and neck and tail will catch your eye if you're lucky enough to have one in your area. These beautiful birds are not at all shy of humans and have been known to skip among people sitting on a terrace or veranda.

Somewhere nearby will be a group of small brown birds. These are the females, and 'stay at home' sons and daughters of previous broods.

These fascinating little families of birds may well be your neighbours. Keep an eye out for them in your backyard or local park.

Like most small birds, they can be found wherever there are dense shrubs and bushes. They are common in urban parks and gardens, and can be seen in small social groups of one dominant male and several females and young birds.

Superb Fairy-wrens feed on insects and other small arthropods. They mostly feed on the ground and in low bushes. Feeding takes place in small social groups.

The family group territory will include a safe fortress of thick-growing shrubs, together with open areas such as lawns which provide a rich food source. 

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A few more Superb Fairy-wren facts

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