The female Splendid Fairy-wren or Blue Wren may not be as striking in appearance as her male partner but what she lacks in appearance she makes up for in character and cuteness. During the breeding season from August to January, both the male and the female molt, with males showing their new glitzy blue plumage courtship suit and the female remaining her mottled brown.
For obvious reasons the male Splendid Fairywren is a very popular little bird. Unfortunately the females are quite often overlooked due to their lack of splendour. To me the female offers just as much beauty and interest as her male counterpart.
This is my interpretation of Juliet the partner to “Nature’s Romeo”. She is perched on a General Gallieni Rose coyly considering the pink petal being offered to her by her pursuer. She is a clever little Wren. In her world once the babies are born she will watch from afar whilst her partner raises the children. She is quite the Queen.
Thank you to wildlife photographer Judy Walker for graciously providing the reference photo and the inspiration for this painting.
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