Superb Fairy-wren

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Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus). Photo: Chris Lindorff — NatureShare

The Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) is a small bird up to 140 millimetres, with the male bird having a dazzling bright blue head, neck and tail.

The Superb Fairy-wren likes to eat insects among the undergrowth and leaf litter. These beautiful birds are not shy of humans and may join you in the garden, hopping around foraging for insects.

The breeding season runs from September to March. The nest is constructed by the female only and is a dome-shaped structure of grasses and other fine material, often in a low bush.

There are a range of local indigenous trees that can help attract and protect the Superb Fairy-wren, including the Prickly Tea-tree (Leptospermum continentale).

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Prickly Tea-tree (Leptospermum continentale). Photo: Chris Clarke — NatureShare

The Prickly Tea-tree is a moderately fast growing shrub that adapts to most soil types and grows in full sun or partial shade.

This is a hardy tree with attractive leaves and flowers, making it a striking garden specimen that can  be used as a screening plant.

The flowers of the Prickly Tea-tree also attract butterflies.

Height: one to four metres
Width: one to two metres
Flowers: October–March

Your local indigenous nursery will be able to assist you with other indigenous plants that help attract local birds to your garden.