Description The male Variegated Fairy-wren has bright breeding plumage, with blue head with black throat and chest, and reddish shoulder patches. The plumage of non-breeding males, females and young birds is brownish grey. Females in the Northern Territory and Western Australian populations have blue-grey plumage.
Other Names Lambert Wren, Lavender-flanked Wren
Habitat forest, woodland and shrubby bushland
Food mainly insects, also some seeds.
Breeding The nest is an oval-shaped dome made of grass, bark and down, built in a low shrub. Lays 3-4 pink-white eggs speckled reddish brown.
Range found across most of Australia except Cape York Peninsula, Tasmania and south-west Western Australia