Fairy-wrens (Maluridae)

Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) - HBW 12, p. 520

French: Mérion superbe German: Prachtstaffelschwanz Spanish: Maluro Soberbio
Other common names: Blue Wren/Fairy-wren, Superb Blue Wren

Taxonomy: Motacilla cyanea Ellis, 1782, Tasmania, Australia.
Forms a superspecies with M. splendens; these two, together with M. coronatus, constitute the “Australian blue group”. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • leggei Mathews, 1912 - extreme S & SE South Australia.
  • ashbyi Mathews, 1912 - Kangaroo I, off South Australia.
  • cyanochlamys Sharpe, 1881 - E & SE Australia from SE Queensland S to Victoria.

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  • leggei Mathews, 1912 - extreme S & SE South Australia.
  • ashbyi Mathews, 1912 - Kangaroo I, off South Australia.
  • cyanochlamys Sharpe, 1881 - E & SE Australia from SE Queensland S to Victoria.
  • elizabethae A. J. Campbell, 1901 - King I, in W Bass Strait.
  • samueli Mathews, 1912 - Flinders I, in E Bass Strait.
  • cyaneus (Ellis, 1782) - Tasmania.