Variegated Fairy Wren
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • An Australian Softbill
  • Scientific Name:  Malurus lamberti
  • Sub Species in country / area of origin:  4
  • Origin / Distribution: Nominate race = Lower half of the Queensland east of the Great Dividing Range; and in New South Wales east of the Great Dividing Range.
  • Habitat In Wild: Heath land and open forest and will visit residential areas and parkland.
  • Status In Wild: Secure, subject to preservation of suitable habitat. 
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity: Not common.
  • Age To Sexual Maturity: ?
  • Best breeding years (estimate):  12 months to 4th year
  • Lifespan (estimate):  Life span about 5 - 6 years.
  • Sexing: Monomorphic / Dimorphic Adult birds are dimorphic, but young birds are difficult to sex and may require DNA sexing.
  • Colour mutations:  None
  • Availability:  Specialist breeders.
  • Temperament:  Mainly  insect eaters.  Fairy wrens are aggressive birds.  In the wild they form family groups.  One pair per planted aviary.  Fairy wrens can generally be kept with finches and Neophema parrots although care must be taken when cock birds are  housed with similar coloured finches
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx) $600
  • Description Of Adults:
  1. Length: Approx. 140 mm (or approx  5.5 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photo/s above if available.
  3. Weight: Approx. ? gms (or approx ? ozs)

Aviary Notes:

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws:  Refer to "Government Laws" page.

Housing Requirements:  Click on "Softbills" web page for general details on the housing of  Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.

As per "Fairy Wrens" article on the top portion of the "Softbills" web page.

Diet / Feeding:  Click on "Softbills" web page for general details on the nutrition of  Softbills or read on for specific details for this finch.

As per "Fairy Wrens" article on the top portion of the "Softbills" web page.

Nesting:  A basic overview only.

  • Roosting nest: Yes / No
  • Nesting months:  Spring to late summer
  • Nesting receptacles:
  • Nest:
  • Who incubates the eggs: Hen / cock / both share.

Breeding: Egg Colour.. white or pinkish white with reddish brown spots.  Clutch/s per year 2 - 3.  Eggs per nest 3 - 4.  Incubation approx 13 - 14 days.  Fledge approx  2 weeks.  Independent approx. another  2 - 4 weeks.

Refer to "Fairy Wrens" article on the top portion of the "Softbills" web page.

Artificial incubation, hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site.  It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.  Refer "Specific References" as listed below and "General References" listings.

Health Issues: Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new birds or sick birds are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site.  Refer above option - "Avian Health Issues" web page.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace.  Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture
  • Australian Birdkeeper

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