A brilliant blue sapphire and glistening like the feathered jewel he is – white-winged fairywren

The white-winged fairywren (Malurus leucopterus) is a passerine bird that is most noticeable when seen as an adult male.

His breeding plumage consists of a brilliant dark blue or glossy black body with white shoulder patches and a mid to dark blue tail.

A brilliant blue sapphire and glistening like the feathered jewel he is - white-winged fairywren

The glossy black plumage is found only on the Dirk Hartog and Barrow Islands off the coast of Western Australia, while the dark blue is found on the mainland subspecies.

Adult females have a dull gray brown crown, back, and wings, with a gray tail with a faint hint of blue.

Her belly is white, and her flangs and lower belly are cleaned dull buff. Juveniles resemble females more.

A brilliant blue sapphire and glistening like the feathered jewel he is - white-winged fairywren

The White-winged Fairy-wren can be found from Dirk Hartog Island and the coast of Western Australia east to central and southern Queensland, central New South Wales, and northwest Victoria.

The White-winged Fairy-wren can be found in low shrubland, arid and semi-arid areas, and particularly in samphire on saltpans and chenopod.

The Splendid Fairy-wren takes its place where the vegetation is taller.

A brilliant blue sapphire and glistening like the feathered jewel he is - white-winged fairywren

The White-winged Fairy-wren prefers to eat insects, particularly beetles, and spiders. It will, however, consume some seeds from the plant genera Rhagodia, Chenopodium, and Euphorbia.

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