The Purple-crowned Fairywren
The Purple-Crowned Fairywren, ©SandhyaManne.com, Oils On Panel, 6x6 inches...
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The Purple-crowned Fairywren (Malurus coronatus) is a species of bird in the Maluridae family. It is endemic to northern Australia and two subspecies are recognized. The plumage is brown overall, the wings more greyish brown. The bill and feet are black. The male in breeding plumage has a purple crown bordered by a black nape and face. On the top of the head is a black rectangular patch. It also has a cream-buff belly and blue tail tipped with white. The female differs in having a blue-tinged grey crown, chestnut ear-coverts, and greenish blue tail.