Purple crowned fairy wren

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The purple-crowned fairywren (Malurus coronatus) is a species of bird in the Maluridae family. It is endemic to northern Australia; two subspecies are recognized.

The surgeon J. R. Elsey was the first to collect the species, on A. C. Gregory’s northern Australian expedition in 1855 and 1856. Two specimens were collected at Victoria River and a third at Robinson River which was not examined for over 100 years.[2] It was first described by the ornithologist John Gould in 1858. Its species name is derived from the Latin cǒrōna “crown”.[3] The nominate subspecies is found in the Kimberley region of northwestern Australia, and the subspecies macgillivrayi. named by Gregory Mathews in 1913, from the lands bordering the Gulf of Carpentaria. The two subspecies are separated by around 200 km of land inhospitable to them, and has been for around 10,000 years.[2] Its distinctive plumage led Mathews to place it in a separate genus Rosina. However, genetic evidence shows it is most closely related to the superb and splendid fairywren within the genus Malurus. source

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2 Responses

  1. Margaret Martin says:

    Do we have any in the USA for sale.

  2. Joan hartlieb says:

    I certainly hope not…..wild anything should stay wild.

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