Australian fairywrens


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


Number of genera, species

6 genera; 30 species


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


Found throughout Australia and New Guinea, and associated islands

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