Australian fairywrens

(Maluridae)

Class Aves Order Passeriformes Suborder Passeri (Oscines) Family Maluridae

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Small insectivores with long cocked tails; females and young are cryptically colored but breeding-plumage males have gaudy plumage

Size

Number of genera, species

6 genera; 30 species

Habitat

Shrubbery and undergrowth in arid woodlands and forests, though some inhabit rainforests and many species thrive in suburbs, parks, and gardens

Conservation status

No species are currently Endangered but many have localized distributions threatened by habitat loss

Distribution

Found throughout Australia and New Guinea, and associated islands

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