A stunning fluorescent blue they love to attract each other’s attention when in reality and they are very secretive

Shades of gorgeous bright blues blend with black and white to create a lovely bird.

They are found in a wide variety of southern mainland South Australia, primarily in dry and semi-arid environments.

A stunning fluorescent blue they love to attract each other’s attention when in reality and they are very secretive

Splendid Fairy-wrens, like other wren species, are socially monogamous but sexually promiscuous.

Which means that while males and females pair with one another.

They will gladly mate with other individuals and, more often than not, remain to help rear the young.

Male wrens will frequently take pink or purple flower petals and exhibit them to possible mates as part of their wooing ritual.

Splendid Fairy-wrens browse on the ground for tiny insects and spiders while feeding.

They will occasionally augment their diet with seeds, but ants become a last choice throughout the winter.

A stunning fluorescent blue they love to attract each other’s attention when in reality and they are very secretive

Most people are unaware that there is an arms race between Splendid Fairy-wrens and brood parasite birds.

(Birds who lay their eggs in the nests of others, leaving them to race their chicks).

One fairy wren species has evolved a fascinating defense mechanism against unwanted nestlings.

While their embryos are still in their eggs, female Superb fairy wrens give them a secret password.

While the fairy wren chicks hatch, they incorporate this unique password into their sounds when begging for food.

A stunning fluorescent blue they love to attract each other’s attention when in reality and they are very secretive

Superb Fairy-wrens must teach their kids this password early and repeatedly in order to defeat these cunning brood parasite birds.

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