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The Variegated Fairywren is a fairywren that lives in diverse
habitats spread across most of Australia. Four subspecies are
recognised. Exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism, the brightly
coloured breeding male has chestnut shoulders and blue crown and ear
coverts, while non-breeding males, females and juveniles have
predominantly grey-brown plumage. Notably, females of the two
subspecies rogersi and dulcis have mainly blue-grey plumage. Like other
fairywrens, the Variegated Fairywren is a cooperative breeding species,
with small groups of birds maintaining and defending small territories
year-round. Groups consist of a socially monogamous pair with several
helper birds who assist in raising the young. Male wrens pluck yellow
petals and display them to females as part of a courtship display.
These birds are primarily insectivorous and forage and live in the
shelter of scrubby vegetation across 90% of continental Australia,
which is a wider range than that of any other fairywren. (more...)
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