Family Fairy-wrens (Maluridae)

Least Concern

Red-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus elegans)


Taxonomy

French: Mérion élégant German: Silberkopf-Staffelschwanz Spanish: Maluro elegante
Taxonomy:

Malurus elegans

Gould

, 1837,

Swan River, south-west Australia

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Belongs to “chestnut-shouldered group”, which also includes M. pulcherrimus, M. amabilis and M. lamberti. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Forested SW corner of Australia.

Descriptive notes

14–15·5 cm; 8·5–11·5 g. Male in Bright plumage has crown, upper back and ear-coverts iridescent sky-blue, narrow blue ring around eye; lores, nape and lower back... read more

Voice

Song a reel typical of genus, with 3–4 introductory notes more prolonged than in other... read more

Habitat

Dense understorey vegetation mainly in tall eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest; also wet coastal... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, especially ants (Formicidae) and beetles (Coleoptera); also some spiders (Araneae). Lives in groups of 2–9 individuals,... read more

Breeding

Season short, Oct–Dec. Socially monogamous but probably sexually promiscuous (as congeners); remains paired throughout year. Co-... read more

Movements

Resident. Dispersal mainly by females more than 1 year old; both sexes rarely disperse farther than... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-west Australia EBA. Generally considered to be reasonably common. Long-lived, and able to survive fires.

Recommended citation

Rowley, I. & Russell, E. (2018). Red-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus elegans). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59759 on 20 November 2018).