The male Splendid Fairy-wren or Blue Wren is referred to as Nature’s Romeo. He is a show stopper when in breeding plumage usually in late August through to January. If his appearance alone is not enough to impress his lady, during the mating season Blue Wrens are also known to pluck pink or purple petals to display as part of their courtship fanfare.
As an Australian birdlife artist it would be an oversight for me not to capture the beauty of this popular little guy in his majestic flirtation colours.
There is no false modesty attached to the Splendid Fairy Wren. The Male in breeding plumage shimmers in electric shades of violet blue, turquoise and pale blue with dramatic Zorro-like markings. The female remains a very un-splendid brown.
Native to Australia there are three different varieties of the Splendid Fairy Wrens. The species inhabits shrub lands and shrubby woodlands in arid and semi-arid locations. Where the varieties meet they breed with each other.
Thank you to both wildlife photographers Judy Walker and Keith Lightbody for graciously providing the inspirational reference photos used to create this oil painting. Keith also informed me that a Splendid Fairy Wren in full regalia consists of 15 shades of blue.
Framed – 28cm x 33cm (11″ x 13″)
Unframed – 26cm x 31cm (10″ x 12″)
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