The Purple-Crowned Fairywren is Nature’s Art!

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The purple-crowned Fairywren is truly a lasting example of nature’s beauty. It is the largest of the Fairywrens. It measures around 14-15 centimeters. This is size is still small for birds. It is native to Australia and can usually be spotted in Northern Territory, usually in Timber Creek.

Purple-crowned fairywren
(Image Source: Adam Hunter)

The bird itself is a species of bird in the Australian wren family, Maluridae. These charming birds live within a specialist habitat of thick cane grass and pandanus areas along river banks. They do not live in urbanized habitats unlike other wrens. They enjoy a popular fan following in Australia because of their charming looks and musical chirps.


The male birds have a purple crown with a black spot on their heads while the female birds have grey heads and light brown cheek patches. Both the sexes have a brown back and wings with a pale stomach. Their tails are a bright purple with a tint of blue like the northern lights.

Purple-crowned fairywren
(Image Source: Bernie Murphy)

The purple-crowned Fairywrens are incredibly loyal birds to their companions! They normally reside in pairs and do not mate with any bird outside the pair. These birds only exist in small families and their nest eggs are not more 2-3 at a time. Thus, this makes them the only sub-species out of all the fairywrens that remain in a monogamous relationship. Even the offspring from previous mating seasons will remain with their parents and help raise the newly hatched chicks.

The purple-crowned Fairywren’s diet normally consists of small insects. However, it rarely eats seeds. This effectively makes them insectivorous birds. These birds normally search their meal among the foliage and leaves littered on the ground. Surprisingly, they also hunt in groups as well.

Purple-crowned fairywren
(Image Source: Bernie Murphy)

The purple-crowned fairywren is listed as ‘endangered’ due to forest fires, feral predators and human interference. However, the Australian government and various wildlife groups have been actively working to preserve them. Hopefully, we can save this precious bird with our collective efforts.

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