General Description

Breeding male: mostly dark blue, paler on forehead and ear coverts; narrow black band on breast extending to black collar on neck; black bill. Non breeding male (eclipse plumage): mostly greyish brown with dull blue wings and tail. Female: similar to non-breeding male but with brown bill, lores and eye ring. To 14 cm.


Nest a small dome of grass, leaves and seed heads bound with spiders' web and with a side entrance. Only the female builds the nest and incubates the eggs. Breeding occurs from September to mid-January. Two to four eggs comprise the clutch.


Southern Western Australia through parts of Northern Territory, South Australia, western New South Wales and south Queensland. North western Victoria.


Thickets, scrubs and forest undergrowth of southern Western Australia.

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