A small bird with a long blue tail that is held cocked. Breeding males are almost entirely blue, with a strong black line from the beak through the eyes and around the back of the head, a black chest band, and a black rump. Non-breeding males are fairly plain grayish-brown birds with black beaks, bright blue tails, and some blue in the folded wing. Females have a duller blue tail, and a reddish beak. Note that the patch between the eye and beak (lores) is a fraction paler than the beak (in Variegated Fairywren the lores are much darker than the beak). This species is fairly common in arid inland Australia, as well as in southwest Western Australia.