Order Passeriformes

Family Maluridae

Fairy-wrens
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General
  • Small to very small insectivores with long legs and long cocked tail; plumage strongly sexually dimorphic, breeding males with streaked brown or brilliant, largely blue and black, iridescent plumage, females duller.
  • Australia and New Guinea, including some islands.
  • Variety of habitats, ranging from tropical rainforest and Eucalyptus forest to savanna, grassland and shrubland, including arid and semi-arid areas.
  • 10-22 cm.
  • 6 genera, 28 species, 76 taxa.
  • 3 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Rowley, I. & Russell, E. (2017). Fairy-wrens (Maluridae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52335 on 29 June 2017).