One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small Australian songbird with a long cocked tail, the male of which has partly or mainly blue plumage.
Genus Malurus, family Maluridae: several species, in particular the common superb fairy wren or blue wren (M. cyaneus)
- ‘Their hosts include weaverbirds and sunbirds in Africa and Asia, as well as fairy wrens and thornbills in Australia.’
- ‘Then a fairy wren blundered through the kitchen door, turning the cottage into a house trap for birds.’
- ‘If a chick of Horsfield's bronze-cuckoo hatches in a superb fairy wren nest and heaves out the rightful chicks, about 40 percent of mother fairy-wrens desert the nest.’
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