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Print Size: 25cm x 25cm (with matt surround)
The superb fairywren (Malurus cyaneus) is a passerine bird in the Australasian wren family, Maluridae, and is common and familiar across south-eastern Australia. The species is sedentary and territorial, also exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism; the male in breeding plumage has a striking bright blue forehead, ear coverts, mantle, and tail, with a black mask and black or dark blue throat. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour; this gave the early impression that males were polygamous, as all dull-coloured birds were taken for females. Six subspecies groups are recognized: three larger and darker forms from Tasmania, Flinders and King Island respectively, and three smaller and paler forms from mainland Australia and Kangaroo Island.
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Watercolour and gouache on Ampersand Claybord. - H40 cms x W 40 cms. Framed
The Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) inhabits shrubs in open eucalypt forests, as well as shrubland and suburban gardens. They use their long, slender, de-curved bills to probe deep into flowers to feed on the sweet nectar.