Image: Splendid Fairy-wren Illustration

Splendid Fairy-wren Illustration

Splendid Fairy-wrens are small birds that live in groups in woodlands with open undergrowth, in south-west and inland south-east Australia. They have fine, straight, pointed beaks and feet with three toes facing forwards and one toe facing backwards. They call with a loud, rippling warble.

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Andrew Howells
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Notes

Splendid Fairy-wrens are small birds that live in groups in woodlands with open undergrowth, in south-west and inland south-east Australia. They have fine, straight, pointed beaks and feet with three toes facing forwards and one toe facing backwards. They call with a loud, rippling warble.

Splendid Fairy-wrens hop around through the understorey in small groups searching for insects to eat during the day. They pick up insects in their beak and swallow them whole. They remove the hard outer layer of seeds and then crush the seeds with their strong beak.

Splendid Fairy-wrens make nests with a side entrance from a hollow ball of grass. They build their nests in thick bushes. Females lay three white, oval eggs that have red-brown spots. The female sits on the eggs for 15 days. When the eggs hatch the chicks are helpless and without feathers. All members of the group feed the chicks until they have feathers and are ready to fly in two weeks.

Splendid Fairy-wrens live and breed in small groups.

Find out more about the Splendid Fairy-wren on the Birds in Backyards website.

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