Fami|y Maliiridak

Species C/ytontyias insigáis

Fami|y Maliiridak

Species C/ytontyias insigáis

long, usually it Mi I ted tail

strong, hopping


long, usually it Mi I ted tail strong, hopping


Orange-crowned Fairy-Wren

A bird of wet, mountain rain forests, this reclusive fairy-wren keeps to the lower and thicker undergrowth, where it is infrequently seen, feeding on insects and spiders. Looking different from other fairy-wrens with its light-colored plumage, it is most often encountered in small (locks of 4-12 birds, which arc probably all closely related to each other. While feeding, they continually utter high pitched calls to keep in contact with other members of their flock.

• Distribution New Guinea.

Plumage Sexcs a||kc m A

Migration »on-migrant


Fami|y Maluridae

Species Maluras mrlanocephalus


Red-backed Fairy-Wren

I he smallest of the fairy-wrens, this species lives in tropical and subtropical open grassland areas that are dotted with trees. The birds, often encountered in small flocks, forage for seeds, insects, anil invertebrates on the ground. They move from area to area or remain resident, depending on the food supply.

• NliST A neat, dome-shaped nest of grass, in a grass tussock or shrub.

• Distribution

N. and E. Australia.


fam"y Malijridae

Species Mulurus leucopterus

bold, white wing patch

White-winged Fairy-Wren

I his bird of arid country is seen in parties comprising a colorful male and his partner, with a retinue of females and subordinate males. They forage for insects on the ground.

• NliST A dome of grass and bark, with a side entrance, on the ground undercover.

• Distribution

W. and interior Australia. ^

• long legs for foraging on the ground

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