The purple-crowned Fairywren is a lasting example of nature’s beauty. These birds are very rare to find. Moreover, their population has seriously declined over the past few years.
With a wingspan of 14 to 15 cm, it is the biggest of the Fairywrens. For birds, they are still rather tiny. It is an Australian native that can generally be found in the Northern Territory.
The bird in question belongs to the Maluridae family of Australian wrens. These adorable birds reside in a thicket of cane grass and pandanus near riverbanks. Unlike other wrens, they do not dwell in urban areas. Because of their beautiful appearance and melodic chirps, they are quite popular in Australia.
Female birds have grey heads and light brown cheek patches, while male birds have a purple crown with a black mark on their forehead. According to Australian Wildlife Conversancy, both sexes have a brown back and wings with a light tummy. Their tails are a vibrant purple with a bluish tinge, similar to the northern lights.
Purple-crowned Fairywrens are extremely devoted birds! They usually live in couples and do not mate with birds that are not part of their pair. These birds only live in tiny groups, with just a couple of nest eggs at a time.
According to Australian Geographic, they are the only sub-species of fairywrens that maintains their connection. Even past mating seasons’ birds will stay with their parents and assist nurture the freshly born offspring.
The birds’ diet consists primarily of tiny insects and, on rare occasions, seeds. As a result, they are effectively insectivorous birds. These birds usually look for food in the greenery and leaves that litter the ground. They also hunt in groups, which is surprising.
Forest fires, feral predators, and human meddling have all made the purple-crowned fairywren vulnerable. The Australian government and numerous wildlife organizations, on the other hand, have been working hard to protect them.
These lovely birds are works of beauty!