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Malurus cyaneus

Malurus cyaneus
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Copyright: Lindsay Cooke (cookie10) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 44] (492)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF 500 f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-06 15:08
Viewed: 4581
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The most noticeable feature of the superb blue wren is its long, erect tail which can measure up to 6cm. Only the males posses the bright blue colouring, which forms a cap, cheek patches and a collar, each separated by black. Females are grey-brown with a reddish eye patch. Before the younger males assume their blue colouring, their only visible distinction from the females is a darker bill and a little dark blue in the tail.
Superb blue wrens are found in southeastern Australia, from Queensland to South Australia. They are found in many types of habitats with relatively dense vegetation providing cover. Bushland and heaths are preferred but some disturbed areas such as parks and private gardens are also used.
The superb blue wren nests in low bushes, often only a few feet off the ground, and lays 3-5 greenish-blue eggs. The nest is a ball of twigs and dry grass with a side entry hole. Each pair has an associated family group of helpers. These were originally thought to be young females but recent studies have shown that they are young males that have not moulted into their full adult plumage. They will stay and help their parents raise their younger brothers and sisters for several years. They will not develop their blue feathering until they are about four years old.

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