fairy-wren

This Fairy Wren inspired fakemon was commissioned by @ree-fireparrot (thanks Ree!)

Maluren (Fairy/Flying)
#??? - The male attracts duller-colored females with its bright colors and elaborate midair dances. Pairs form small territories near streams to forage for food for their chicks. Once their chicks become adults, they will still stay with their parents for a few years to help raise their younger siblings before flying off to find a mate of their own.

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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.

Purple-Crowned Fairy Wren

A member of the Maluridae family, the Purple-crowned Fairy Wren is endemic to Australia. It was first discovered and recorded by surgeon J.R. Elsey on A.C. Gregory’s Northern Australian expedition of 1855. The preferred habitat of this striking little bird is in tall grasses near a river or spring.