While many of Australia’s fairywrens feature various shades of blue in their plumage, the Red-backed Fairywren is equally as striking, but with an eye-catching patch of red feathers on its back and rump, contrasting with the rest of the plumage, which is glossy black. They are commonly seen in grassy areas of northern and eastern Australia.
The Red-backed-Fairy-wren is among the least faithful birds in the world, with extra-pair mating commonplace — the result is that the eggs in any given nest are often fathered by various different birds. These fairy-wrens are often seen in flocks, with one colourful bird surrounded by a bevy of brown ones, which comprise females, males in non-breeding plumage and young birds.
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