So tiny bird that wears his black eye liner – long blue tail and fluorescent purple crown with absolute pride – meet the purple-crowned fairywren

A small bird with a vivid purple crest that is a wonderful sight on a cold winter day!

The Australasian Maluridae wren family includes the purple-crowned fairywren (Malurus coronatus).

So tiny bird that wears his black eye liner - long blue tail and fluorescent purple crown with absolute pride – meet the purple-crowned fairywren

During the breeding season, the male of this species may be identified by his purple crown with a black eye line and collar.

It may be identified by its cheek patches and the vivid blue hue of its tail.

Their coloration is dark overall, with grayish brown wings and buff white belly.

The bill is black, with brownish gray legs and feet.

Females of this species resemble males only in that they lack the male’s purple crown.

So tiny bird that wears his black eye liner - long blue tail and fluorescent purple crown with absolute pride – meet the purple-crowned fairywren

Moreover, they have a rusty cheek patch instead of his black eye line.

Purple-crowned fairywrens may be found in the wet-dry tropical parts of northern Australia, including the Kimberley region of Western Australia, the Victoria River region of the Northern Territory.

And the south-western sub-coastal region of Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria.

In Northern Australia, these birds are regarded as riparian habitat specialists because they prefer pockets of thick river-fringing vegetation.

So tiny bird that wears his black eye liner - long blue tail and fluorescent purple crown with absolute pride – meet the purple-crowned fairywren

Loving the well-developed mid-story foliage, which is typically made of thick plants around permanent freshwater streams and rivers, as seen in the Kimberley area.

As well as the Victoria River District’s thick, dense river grass.

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