Bruny Island Birdlife - Superb Fairy-wren


Bruny Island is home to abundant birdlife, including all 12 species endemic to Tasmania. Some are critically endangered, such as the Forty-spotted Pardalote, the Swift Parrot, and the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle. All 12 endemic species are protected under Tasmania's Nature Conservation Act 2002.

Bruny Island is a popular place for bird watching, and has been named in the top 10 bird watching sites in Australia by Australian Birdlife magazine.

Watch out for the next Bruny Island Bird Festival, (date TBA).

Photos from award winning photographer Rod Hartvigsen of Murranji Photography


Superb Fairy-wren

The Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) is a bird found commonly in eastern and south eastern Australia. The adult male of the species has bright blue colours, while the females and young have duller grey and brown colours.


The Superb Fairy-wren lives in areas where there is some trees, shrubs or undergrowth. It can be often seen in urban areas.


The Superb Fairy-wren lives primarily on a diet of insects but also supplements this with seeds. It is a very active bird, often in motion. During mating season, the male will court the female by presenting yellow petals. Superb fairy-wrens will mate with multiple partners, resulting in the tag of "least faithful bird in the world".


The Superb Fairy-wren is not endangered.