French: Mérion superbe German: Prachtstaffelschwanz Spanish: Maluro soberbio
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. cyanochlamys
Sharpe, 1881 – E & SE Australia from SE Queensland S to Victoria.
M. c. leggei
Mathews, 1912 – extreme S & SE South Australia.
M. c. ashbyi
Mathews, 1912 – Kangaroo I, off South Australia.
M. c. elizabethae
A. J. Campbell, 1901 – King I, in W Bass Strait.
M. c. samueli
Mathews, 1912 – Flinders I, in E Bass Strait.
M. c. cyaneus
(Ellis, 1782) – Tasmania.
15–20 cm; 9–14 g. Male nominate race in Bright plumage has crown, ear-tufts and back iridescent cerise-blue, eyestripe, collar, scapulars and uppertail-coverts... read more
Characteristic malurid reel, given by both sexes throughout day, appears to advertise territorial... read more
Originally inhabited open eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest, but this habitat now largely... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly insects, mainly grasshoppers (Orthoptera), shield-bugs (Pentatomidae), ants (Formicidae), flies (Diptera), weevils (Curculionidae)... read more
Jul–Feb; lays up to four clutches in a season and may rear more than one brood. Socially monogamous, remaining paired throughout year... read more
Resident. Dispersal largely by females; males tend to be philopatric.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Able to cope with exotic predators, e.g. domestic cats, and competitors, e.g. sparrows (Passer), and to thrive in suburban... read more
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