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Photo © by rebelxt.
Adelaide, South Australia, October 2005
Malurus cyaneus


15–20 cm (6-7¾ in)

  • Bright blue forehead, ear coverts, mantle and tail
  • Black mask
  • Black or dark blue throat

Non-breeding males, females and juveniles

  • Mostly greyish-brown; the male retains the blue tail
Photo © by Rose Fletcher.
Nangawooka Flora Reserve, Victor Harbor, South Australia, June 2010


Australia: found in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.



There are 6 subspecies[1]

  • M. c. cyaneus:
  • M. c. samueli :
  • Flinders Island (Bass Strait)
  • M. c. elizabethae:
  • King Island (Bass Strait)
  • M. c. cyanochlamys: smaller and paler than cyaneus
Photo © by letsbefrank
Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia, August 2015
  • M. c. leggei:
  • M. c. ashbyi:
  • Kangaroo Island (South Australia)


Grasslands with scattered shrubs, moderately thick forest, woodland, heaths, and domestic gardens.



The diet consists mostly of insects, such as grasshoppers, shield-bugs, ants, weevils and flies. They will also eat some seeds.


They form social groups, the main pair are monogamous through the year.

The domed or rounded nest is made from grass and spider webs. The entrance is usually close to the ground. The clutch consists of 3-4 white eggs which have reddish-brown spots or splotches, which are incubated for 14 days. There may be up to four clutches laid.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2016)
  4. Wikipedia

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