Maluridae – Australasian Wrens

Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti) by Ian

Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti) by Ian

Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. (Genesis 1:30 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Maluridae – Australasian Wrens

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (30)

Wallace’s Fairywren (Sipodotus wallacii)
Broad-billed Fairywren (Chenorhamphus grayi)
Campbell’s Fairywren (Chenorhamphus campbelli)
Emperor Fairywren (Malurus cyanocephalus)
Lovely Fairywren (Malurus amabilis)
Purple-backed Fairywren (Malurus assimilis)
Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti)
Blue-breasted Fairywren (Malurus pulcherrimus)
Red-winged Fairywren (Malurus elegans)
Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus)
Splendid Fairywren (Malurus splendens)
Purple-crowned Fairywren (Malurus coronatus)
White-shouldered Fairywren (Malurus alboscapulatus)
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus)
White-winged Fairywren (Malurus leucopterus)
Orange-crowned Fairywren (Clytomyias insignis)
Southern Emu-wren (Stipiturus malachurus)
Mallee Emu-wren (Stipiturus mallee)
Rufous-crowned Emu-wren (Stipiturus ruficeps)
Grey Grasswren (Amytornis barbatus)
Black Grasswren (Amytornis housei)
White-throated Grasswren (Amytornis woodwardi)
Carpentarian Grasswren (Amytornis dorotheae)
Short-tailed Grasswren (Amytornis merrotsyi)
Striated Grasswren (Amytornis striatus)
Eyrean Grasswren (Amytornis goyderi)
Western Grasswren (Amytornis textilis)
Thick-billed Grasswren (Amytornis modestus)
Dusky Grasswren (Amytornis purnelli)
Kalkadoon Grasswren (Amytornis ballarae)


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Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Nick Talbot – Videographer

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Maluridae is a family of small, insectivorous passerine birds endemic to Australia and New Guinea. Commonly known as wrens, they are unrelated to the true wrens of the Northern Hemisphere. The family includes species of fairywren, emu-wrens, and grasswrens.

Malurids are small to medium birds, inhabiting a wide range of environments, from rainforest to desert, although most species inhabit grassland or scrub. The grasswrens are well camouflaged with black and brown patterns, but other species often have brilliantly colored plumage, especially in the males. (Wikipedia with editing)


*Superb Fairywren (Male) by Keith Blomerly

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