Help us spot superb fairy-wrens in the city

Let us know when you see a superb fairy-wren in your neighbourhood to help us understand where they live and how they move around. Your feedback will help us improve habitat for small birds in the city and beyond.

Superb fairy-wrens are found throughout south-eastern Australia, commonly in urban parks and gardens with dense understorey plants.

They forage for insects on the ground and below shrubs, which makes them vulnerable to predators and habitat loss from urbanisation.

As part of our Superb City Wrens project, we are working with BirdLife Australia, RMIT University, University of Melbourne and the community to track wren activity and plan planting projects to improve their habitat.

You can identify adult breeding males by their bright blue and black plumage around the head and throat, which is brightest during the breeding season from spring to late summer.

Females, juveniles and non-breeding males have greyish-brown plumage, males often with a blue tail. Females and juveniles also have distinctive red-orange colouring around their eyes and bills.

Experts from BirdLife Australia recently fitted some local superb fairy-wrens with coloured leg bands to help us identify them and monitor their movement patterns. The bands show where the birds were first found.

In 2022, we are particularly interested in monitoring wren activity around Royal Park, Princes Park and Melbourne Cemetery.

So, next time you’re visiting these areas, grab your binoculars and keep an eye out for some of these special banded birds.

For more information, visit Superb City Wrens.