BESOTTED WITH BLUE WRENS

Blue wren Valentine image

Yes, you have stolen my heart.

Honestly, blue wrens could take over my life if I didn’t keep strict control. I should  really give them  their full  title;  Superb Fairy Wrens (Maluras cyaneus). And yes, they are as delicate as fairies.

Blue wren lunch

Blue wren lunch

 

Blue wren mug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I had a blue wren stained glass window made for the stairwell of a property my partner and I owned. I so hated to leave it when the place was sold.

These delightful birds  are never still, and I have terrible trouble photographing them. Most of my shots are taken through the window when I’m alerted by their  sweet chirping, The sound always reminds me of little girls giggling together.

The group below are in lonicera hedging. They love this  plant, because they can hop in and out  easily if danger threatens.

Blue Wrens

I said look at the camera!

One morning I watched as the bath outside my bedroom was being used for a coaching session in the art of swimming. Admittedly I have a vivid imagination, but I swear  Coach Blue  was calling, ‘On your mark…’

 

Blue Wrens bathing

Ready, set…..

And off  the tiny  Olympic  aspirant went… performing breaststroke by the look of it, or perhaps the Australian Crawl.

 

Blue Wrens

Keep it up, keep it up.

OK, now let’s try backstroke.  Admittedly a slightly  more difficult stroke.

 

Blue wren bathing

Style needs improvement.

I don’t think Miss Wren is even going to make the national trials, unless she improves a lot.

The males in their blue breeding finery are very aware of how smart they look.

 

Male Blue Wren

Yes, you look lovely.

 

 

When they are not bathing (or swimming) the birds spend a lot of time foraging for insects in the dense, messy parts of the garden. Here is one on an old tree fern frond;

Wren on tree fern

Blue Wren in the morning light.

Bird friendly native shrubbery.

Bird friendly native shrubbery for the wrens. Grevilleas and banksia.

Blue Wrens have an ‘interesting’ love life. Neither males or females worry too much about remaining faithful, especially the females.  I guess you could call them polyamorous. The female builds her nest in dense foliage, usually quite close to the ground;

Blue Wren nest

(Image by Howard Rawson)

 

Blue wren nest and eggs

Blue Wren Eggs (Image by Graeme Chapman)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now here’s an interesting thing. Dr Naomi Langmore from the Australian National University, has been researching  blue wrens in relation to global warming. A ten year study has shown that the birds are able to lay larger eggs, containing more nutrients, in periods of abnormally hot weather. The chicks are then stronger when they hatch and able to cope with any drop in insect numbers due to the heat. There’s only one hitch….bigger eggs require more food for the parent bird, so it needs the help of a juvenile male ‘helper’  from an earlier brood.

Because these sweet creatures  like to feed on the ground and in low shrubbery they present an easy target for cats. This is why they are declining in numbers. Fortunately, here in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales they are still common.

 

The blue bird of happiness.

The blue bird of happiness!

 

Blue wrens

8 Comments
  1. I can see why you are in love with these birds. They are really sweet. I love the color.

  2. Love Blue Wrens – and these are great photos. Love the ceramic items too.

    • Pauline

      Oh dear, Roslyn….anything with blue wrens on it tempts me! I have even more than I put in the article.

  3. I, too, love superb fairy wrens, Pauline. They’re my favourite Australian bird. Such sweet, pretty, busy, chatty little birds. I have the exact same plate on my sideboard, a thoughtful gift from my son.

    • Pauline

      What a lovely son, Wendy. I can barely resist anything with a blue wren on it.

  4. Gorgeous little birds, even if they’re a tad promiscuous

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