Thursday, 1 September 2011

Not quite coloured

With breeding season underway for our feathered friends, many of the males are getting their finest outfits on to impress the ladies. This little character getting his new gear on but has a bit to go yet before he will be turning the hens heads.

As a male Red-backed Wren Malurus melanocephalus his full breeding plumage will have him dressed all in black except for his scarlet back . The Red-backed Wren is one of the three fairy wrens and the most unmistakable fairy wrens that we have visiting the property although not in very many numbers as we are at the southern end of their range. This extends from around Broome in WA around the wetter areas of northern Australia and down the east coast.

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