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Meet The Splendid Fairywren, The Bright Blue Bird Who Knows About True Love (12 Pics)

Meet the brilliantly bold feathered Splendid fairywrens, these stunning birds are often found high up on a branch grooming and looking out for each other.

The Splendid fairywrens are socially monogamous but sexually promiscuous.

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This means that they form intimate, lifelong couples, but during mating season, they mate with multiple partners.

They are very protective of their chicks regardless of who the original parents are.

Each bird will then assist in raising the young from these promiscuous relationships.

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The males find colorful pink or purple flower petals. They then pick them and display them to females as part of their efforts to woo the female.

Photographing the secret lives of WA's splendid fairy-wrens - Australian  Geographic

It is common for males to do this all year round, even while not breeding, as a way to build deeper a deeper relationship.

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Here’s a proud father with his children.

The splendid fairywren is not fond of human beings.

They try to avoid them by living outside of urban areas and instead are found in areas with lots of natural woods to protect them.

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The splendid fairywren is found across much of Australia and they prefer habitats that are drier and arider.

While the male splendid fairywren is often pictured in bright blue feathers, this only happens during mating season.

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Instead, outside of mating season the male birds are grey, with a blue tail and ears.

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When the birds are ready to mate, both male and female shed their old grey feathers for new ones.

With males impressing the females with their beautiful new blue feathers.

After mating the female bird then builds a nest from grass and spiderwebs. These nests are built closer to the ground, but in hidden spots, such as bushes.

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This is to protect them from their main predators, large birds who feast on them

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However, if a predator spots the net, the male fairywren will attempt to distract the predators in an attempt to protect the female.

Now thats true love.

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