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Maluridae - Fairywrens, Grasswrens, Emu-wrens

 

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Passeriformes 
 Family: Maluridae

superb blue fairywrenThere are 27 bird species in this family. They are found only in Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia in a variety of habitats including grasslands, deserts, rainforests and scrub areas. They are not related to true wrens.

They are small birds, between 3-10 inches in length, and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Males are brightly colored and females are duller in color.

They have small bills; short, rounded wings; and long tails. They eat insects and other invertebrates.

Many of the males in this family will court a female by bringing her flower petals. Some of the birds in this family form pairs, but both the male and the female will mate with other birds. They may even help raise the chicks from their their partner's other relationships!

galleryMaluridae Photo Gallery

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

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Kalkadoon Grasswren - Amytornis ballarae Least Concern Australia
Gray Grasswren - Amytornis barbatus Least Concern Australia
Carpentarian Grasswren - Amytornis dorotheae Vulnerable Australia
Eyrean Grasswren - Amytornis goyderi Least Concern Australia
Black Grasswren - Amytornis housei Least Concern Australia
Short-tailed Grasswren - Amytornis merrotsyi Least Concern Australia
Dusky Grasswren - Amytornis purnelli Least Concern Australia
Striated Grasswren - Amytornis striatus Least Concern Australia
Thick-billed Grasswren - Amytornis textilis Least Concern Australia
White-throated Grasswren - Amytornis woodwardi Vulnerable Australia
Orange-crowned Fairywren - Clytomyias insignis Least Concern Asia Australia
White-shouldered Fairywren - Malurus alboscapulatus Least Concern Australia
Lovely Fairywren - Malurus amabilis Least Concern Australia
Purple-crowned Fairywren - Malurus coronatus Least Concern Australia
  Superb Fairywren - Malurus cyaneus Least Concern Australia
Emperor Fairywren - Malurus cyanocephalus Least Concern Asia Australia
Red-winged Fairywren - Malurus elegans Least Concern Australia
Broad-billed Fairywren - Malurus grayi Least Concern Asia Australia
Variegated Fairywren - Malurus lamberti Least Concern Australia
White-winged Fairywren - Malurus leucopterus Least Concern Australia
Red-backed Fairywren - Malurus melanocephalus Least Concern Australia
Blue-breasted Fairywren - Malurus pulcherrimus Least Concern Australia
Splendid Fairywren - Malurus splendens Least Concern Australia
Wallace's Fairywren - Sipodotus wallacii Least Concern Asia Australia
Southern Emuwren - Stipiturus malachurus Least Concern Australia
Mallee Emuwren - Stipiturus mallee Endangered Australia
Rufous-crowned Emuwren - Stipiturus ruficeps Least Concern Australia

Additional Information

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Carpentarian Grasswren - Amytornis dorotheae Photos Vulnerable Australia
The Carpentarian grasswren is found in north-western Queensland and eastern Northern Territory, Australia
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Dusky Grasswren - Amytornis purnelli Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The dusky grasswren is found in Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Eyrean Grasswren - Amytornis goyderi Photos Least Concern Australia
The Eyrean grasswren is found in Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Gray Grasswren - Amytornis barbatus Photos Least Concern Australia
The gray grasswren is found in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Striated Grasswren - Amytornis striatus Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The striated grasswren is found in western, central and southern Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Thick-billed Grasswren - Amytornis textilis Photos Video Least Concern Australia
The thick-billed grasswren is found in shrublands in Australia.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

White-throated Grasswren - Amytornis woodwardi Photos Vulnerable Australia
The white-throated grasswren is found in the Northern Territory in Australia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

White-throated Grasswren - Amytornis woodwardi Photos Video Vulnerable Australia
The white-throated grasswren is found in areas with bare rocks.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No