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Lovely Fairywren

Malurus amabilis

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Identification

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A small bird with a long blue and white tail that is held cocked. Tail is much shorter than that of Variegated Fairywren. Breeding male has a pale blue helmet, brownish wings, and a white belly. Females and nonbreeding males are similar to each other: they are completely white underneath (all the way up to the chin) with blue back, crown, and cheeks. They have white eye rings and white in front of their eyes, giving them a spectacled appearance. This species is typically found on the edges of rainforests, mangroves, and dense vegetation in coastal far northern Queensland, where it is the only "blue" fairywren.

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