purplecrownedfairywren

October 21, 2016 – Purple-crowned Fairy-wren, Purple-crowned Fairywren, or Lilac-crowned Wren (Malurus coronatus)

Requested by: @tetherus

These fairy-wrens are found in two separate populations in northern Australia. They eat insects and some seeds, foraging in leaf litter and dense foliage. Cooperative breeders, chicks from previous seasons help their parents raise new broods and defend their territories in dense vegetation near rivers. If conditions are good enough, they may raise more than one brood in a year. Though they are classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, one subspecies is declining due to habitat loss and degradation, mostly caused by livestock and fires.

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