FAMILY NAME: Maluridae. SCIENTIFIC NAME: Malurus cyaneus SUBSPECIES: none
SIZE: 14cm. (5.5") tip to tail.
LOCATION: Found over the east and south eastern corner of Australia, including the island state of Tasmania.
BREEDING: The breeding season is from August to January, with 2 to 5 eggs in a clutch. There may be up to 3 broods in a season. The female is the nest builder and incubator, but the whole family group may care for the young.
GENERAL: This bird often forms family groups of a male, one or more females and their offspring. They feed on insects found amongst dense foliage and grass. The male has a bright blue crown, upper back and ear coverts, the breast and back are black with dark blue tail. The female has orange coloured bill, lores and brow line, with brown back and buff underparts.
Michael Morecombe. Field Guide to Australian Birds, Complete Compact Edtion.
Ken Simpson - Nicholas Day. The Birds of Australia.
M. Blakers - S. J. J. F. Davies - P. N. Reilly. The Atlas of Australian Birds.
Birds in Backyards. www.birdsinbackyards.net