red-backed fairy-wren

red-backed fairy-wren

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The Red-backed Fairy-wren is the smallest fairy-wren at a tiny 12-13cm. It is found in tropical and subtropical woodland with grass understory. It is the male who wears the bright red coat and the female is the plainest of all the female wrens with even no blue in her tail. I spotted this one on a birding outing near Bellingen on the NSW north coast, it was in grassland beside the road and I wasn’t able to move any closer but it looks rather pretty posed in the grass stalks. For a closer look try here.

red-backed fairy-wren

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The Red-backed Fairy-wrens are tiny birds around 12 cm top to tail. They are the smallest of the Fairy-wrens and are found in tropical and sub-tropical woodland with grass understory. The black one with a red back is the male while the female is the plainer brown.  P1090241

More often than not in the same location (Moonee Beach Nature Reserve on the north coast of NSW) we see the lovely blue (male) Superb Fairy-wren or perhapes the Variegated Fairy-wrens at play.