Wrens - Malurus melanocephalus Proofsheet

A Photo Gallery By Paul Ross

Welcome to the world of the Red-backed Fairy Wren! Males and females are represented here, with the breeding males a sooty black and crimson-red across the shoulder area. Non breeding males are similar coloring to the females, a sandy color but have traces of red. These Wrens seemed to be family orientated, with many females searching for food and also at what seemed to be play, flying from branch to branch, each following others in the group, while the breeding males flew around the groups, possibly searching for mates. They are curious also, flying alongside me, but at a comfortable distance, as I walked nearby.

Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus
Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus


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Caption List:

Photo 1. Red-backed Fairy Wren (females) - Malurus melanocephalus. The females are sandy colored and have be seen flying together in search of food and playing in groups. Size - 13cm.

Photo 2. Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus The females are sandy colored and seem to stay together when searching for food. Size - 13cm.

Photo 3. Red-backed Fairy Wren (females) - Malurus melanocephalus. Normally rather timid, these females flew alongside me, at a safe distance for them, as I walked along a bush path.

Photo 4. Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus - The breeding male - sooty black with browner primary feathers and crimson to orange-scarlet shoulders. Size - 13cm.

Photo 5. Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus - Non breeding males are a sandy color as females but have traces of red.

Photo 6. Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus - perched on a reed near a waterhole.

Photo 7. Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus - a non breeding male calls to Wrens perched nearby.

Photo 8. Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus - looks at females perched nearby.

Photo 9. Red-backed Fairy Wren (male) - Malurus melanocephalus - a non breeding male.

Photo 10. Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus - checking for food while perched on a fence.

Photo 11. Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus - looks for food amongst leaf litter on the ground.

Photo 12. Red-backed Fairy Wren (female) - Malurus melanocephalus - perched on the bottom of a Pandanus tree.