Superb Fairy-wren

The male of this species is coloured a very bright blue during mating season which is late winter-Spring. The females are brown and the young are also brown but often with mottled colouring and blue/black tails. They have an interesting and cute (I think) call sound.

While I was in the garden a couple of weekends ago I noticed a family of wrens had come out to play. The birdbath was full from the recent rain and so some decided to have a bath too.

Male Superior Fairy-wren

Fairy wren on birdbath

Superior Fairy-wrens enjoying birdbath


  1. I love birds in the birdbath. When we lived on the south coast, we had a bird bath and the birds would come.
    I would place fresh water in the bowl and as I then worked from home with a clear view of the bird bath, when I was really down, how the sight of these birds jockeying for position as to who was allowed to bathe first, and next, and some spats so amusing it released much joy in a period of life when I experienced a significant ‘down’ period

  2. Kathie Thomas says:

    I get a lot of joy out of watching them too Jeannine. You’ve inspired me to move one of my birdbaths which we can view in the back garden but I’m rarely in the back of the house to watch them. Better I move them to outside my office so I can see them from there. Thank you 🙂

    This bird bath is in our ‘park’ beside our driveway and I’m often out there wandering around in our garden to enjoy the garden and the birds.

  3. Sally K Witt says:

    Why can’t the girls be colorful, too?? LOL

  4. It is awesome you get so many birds on your bird bath. Isn’t it funny that the females are such a dull color and the male is so colorful.

  5. Kathie Thomas says:

    I think that’s a common phenomenon Liz. Many bird species have showy males whereas the females aren’t. One of the better known species would be the peacock as a prime example.

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