The Superb Fairywren is a delightful little bird that inhabits many gardens. It is also seen in the bush.
The Superb Fairywren male’s plumage is quite spectacular when breeding with its contrasting blue and black. The wings are brown and the body goes to grey. Non breeding males, females and young have more of a plain fawn colour with a lighter underbelly.
In urban areas, these birds can be in your garden in droves for a week and then disappear for a time. They are quick movers They are mainly insectivores and hop around on the ground or low bushes in search of food. This can make them vulnerable to cats and other birds.
The superb fairywren is 14 cm (5 1⁄2 in) long and weighs 8–13 g (0.28–0.46 oz), with males on average slightly larger than females. The average tail length is 5.9 cm (2 1⁄3 in), among the shortest in the genus. Averaging 9 mm (0.4 in) in subspecies cyaneus and 8 mm (0.3 in) in subspecies cyanochlamys, the bill is relatively long, narrow and pointed and wider at the base. Wider than it is deep, the bill is similar in shape to those of other birds that feed by probing for or picking insects off their environs.
The superb fairywren is common throughout most of the relatively wet and fertile south-eastern corner of the continent, from the south-east of South Australia (including Kangaroo Island and Adelaide) and the tip of the Eyre Peninsula, through all of Victoria, Tasmania, coastal and sub-coastal New South Wales and Queensland, through the Brisbane area and extending inland – north to the Dawson River and west to Blackall; it is a common bird in the suburbs of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. It is found in wooded areas, generally with plenty of undergrowth, and has also adapted to urban existence and can be found in gardens and urban parks as long as there is an undergrowth of native plants nearby.[