General Description

Small fairy-wren with a very fine bill. Colours varied. Breeding male dark blue or glossy black, with a striking white patch from shoulder across closest edge of wing to body. Females grey-brown above and off white below with a dull blue-grey tail. Non-breeding males resemble females, but have a bluer tail and darker bill. Length to 13 cm; wingspan to 15 cm.


A very gregarious fairy-wren appearing in small flocks of up to 12 birds. They forage for insects, mainly beetles, by hop-searching on the ground and in low shrubs.


Across Australia.


Shrublands and grasslands in arid, semi-arid and coastal areas, as well as floodplains, wetlands or periodically-flooded lake beds.

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