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Red-backed Fairywren

Malurus melanocephalus (Latham, 1801)

The Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) is a species of passerine bird in the Maluridae family. It is endemic to Australia and can be found near rivers and coastal areas along the northern and eastern coastlines from the Kimberley in the northwest to the Hunter Region in New South Wales. Like other fairywrens, this species displays marked sexual dimorphism. The male adopts a striking breeding plumage, with a black head and upperparts and tail, and brightly coloured red back and brown wings. The female has brownish upperparts and paler underparts. The male in eclipse plumage and the juvenile resemble the female. Some males remain in non-breeding plumage while breeding. Two subspecies are recognised; the nominate form melanocephalus of eastern Australia has a longer tail and orange back, and the short-tailed form cruentatus from northern Australia has a redder back. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Passeriformes
Family:
  Maluridae
Genus:
  Malurus

Scientific:
  Malurus melanocephalus

Citation:
  (Latham, 1801)

Reference:
  Suppl.ind.orn. p.lii

Protonym:
  Muscicapa melanocephala

Avibase ID:
  0E9290F832ABE7A1

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/0E9290F8

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 560978

Geographic range:

  • Malurus melanocephalus melanocephalus: E Australia (Burdekin R., Queensland to Hunter R., NSW)
  • Malurus melanocephalus cruentatus: N Australia (n Western Australia to Cape York Peninsula)
English:
Red-backed Fairywren
Czech:
černáček rudohřbetý
German:
Rotrücken-Staffelschwanz
Danish:
Rødrygget Alfesmutte
Spanish:
Maluro Dorsirrojo
Finnish:
punaselkämaluri
French:
Mérion à dos rouge
Icelandic:
Smárindill
Italian:
Scricciolo fatato dorsorosso
Japanese:
seakao-sutorariamushikui
Japanese:
セアカオーストラリアムシクイ
Dutch:
Roodrugelfje
Norwegian:
Rødryggalvesmett
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Raudryggalvesmett
Polish:
chwostka czerwonogrzbieta
Russian:
Красноспинный расписной малюр
Slovak:
zamatovec červenochrbtý
Swedish:
rödryggig blåsmyg
Ukrainian:
Малюр червоноспинний
Chinese:
红背细尾鹩莺


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 00:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 03:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 04:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Christidis and Boles (2008): Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds:
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Mérion à dos rouge ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Mérion à dos rouge ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
Red-backed Wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 3rd edition:
Red-backed Wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 4th edition:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (as published):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2017:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2018:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Clements, version 2019:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.50:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.52:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.53:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.54:
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eBird version 1.55:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 2017:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 2018:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
eBird version 2019:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
Red-backed Wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
Red-backed Wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Morony, Bock and Farrand:
Red-backed Fairy-wren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
James Lee Peters:
Malurus melanocephalus [version 1]
James Lee Peters (original):
Malurus melanocephalus [version 1]
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
Malurus melanocephalus [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
Red-backed Fairywren ( Malurus melanocephalus) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Malurus melanocephalus [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Malurus melanocephalus [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Catalan: malur de dors rogenc
Czech: černáček rudohřbetý, hnědáček rudohřbetý, Modropláštník cervenohrbetý
Danish: Rødrygget Alfesmutte
German: Rotrücken-Staffelschwanz
English: Red backed Fairywren, Red-backed Fairywren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Red-backed Wren, Wren-warbler
English (IOC): Red-backed Fairywren
Spanish: Maluro Dorsirrojo, Ratona Australiana de Lomo Rojo
Spanish (Spain): Maluro dorsirrojo
Spanish (HBW): Red-backed Fairywren
Estonian: punaselg-tikksaba
Finnish: Punaselkämaluri
French: Malure à dos rouge, Mérion à dos rouge
Hungarian: piroshátú tündérmadár
Icelandic: Smárindill
Italian: Scricciolo fatato dorsorosso, Scricciolo splendente dorsorosso
Japanese: seakaoasutorariamushikui, seakao-sutorariamushikui
Japanese: セアカオアストラリアムシクイ, セアカオーストラリアムシクイ
Scientific: Malurus melanocephalus, Malurus melanocephalus melanocephalus, Muscicapa melanocephala
Lithuanian: Rusvanugaris maluras
Dutch: Roodrugelfje
Norwegian Nynorsk: Raudryggalvesmett
Norwegian: Rødryggalvesmett
Polish: chwostka czerwonogrzbieta
Russian: Красноспинный расписной малюр
Slovak: zamatovec červenochrbtý
Serbian: Vilinski carić crvenih leđa
Swedish: Rödryggad blåsmyg, rödryggig blåsmyg
Ukrainian: Малюр червоноспинний
Chinese: 红背细尾鹩莺
Chinese (Traditional): 紅背細尾鷯鶯

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