April 10, 2016 – Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti)
Found in shrubland and woodland habitats across most of Australia, these birds are the most wide-ranging species of fairy-wren in the country. They eat insects and some seeds, usually foraging around small shrubs or on grasses, or short trees. Breeding pairs are usually accompanied by several younger and non-breeding birds. While the breeding female builds the oval-shaped grass nest and incubates the eggs alone, the other members of the group help feed the chicks.