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Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren

Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus] (= Malurus splendens) (Quoy, JRC; Gaimard, JP 1832)

The splendid fairywren is a passerine bird in the Australasian wren family, Maluridae. It is also known simply as the splendid wren or more colloquially in Western Australia as the blue wren. The splendid fairywren is found across much of the Australian continent from central-western New South Wales and southwestern Queensland over to coastal Western Australia. It inhabits predominantly arid and semi-arid regions. Exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism, the male in breeding plumage is a small, long-tailed bird of predominantly bright blue and black colouration. Non-breeding males, females and juveniles are predominantly grey-brown in colour; this gave the early impression that males were polygamous as all dull-coloured birds were taken for females. It comprises several similar all-blue and black subspecies that were originally considered separate species. Source: Wikipedia




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Classification
Order:
  Passeriformes
Family:
  Maluridae
Genus:
   Malurus
Scientific:
  Malurus splendens


Original description

Citation:
  (Quoy, JRC; Gaimard, JP 1832)

Reference:
   Voy. Astrolabe [Dumont D'Urville], Zool. 1 p.197 AtlasOis. pl.10 fig.1

Imprint year:
  1830

Protonym:
  Saxicola splendens

Link:
  https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/2064262#page/255/mode/1up


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  A334276B508FD688

Avibase ID:
  avibase-A334276B

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/A334276B


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 560980

Geographic range:

  • Malurus splendens: southern Western Australia (Shark Bay to Esperance and Laverton)
  • Malurus callainus: S-central Western Australia to Flinders Ranges, South Australia
  • Malurus melanotus melanotus: Semiarid se Australia (Flinders Ranges to west Darling basin)
  • Malurus melanotus emmottorum: Semiarid central Queensland
English:
Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren
French:
Mérion splendide, M. turquoise ou M. à croupion noir


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren ( Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 2023 (May 2023):
Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren ( Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren ( Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren ( Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren ( Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren ( Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren ( Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren ( Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren ( Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren ( Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus])
Birdlife checklist version 00:
Splendid Fairywren ( Malurus splendens) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
Splendid Fairywren ( Malurus splendens) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
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Birdlife checklist version 03:
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Birdlife checklist version 04:
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Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
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Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
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Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
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Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
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Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v5 (Dec 2020):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6 (Dec 2021):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6b (Jul 2022):
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HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v7 (Dec 2022):
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Christidis and Boles (2008): Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds:
Splendid Fairy-wren ( Malurus splendens) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Mérion splendide ( Malurus splendens) [version 1]
Clements, version 2021:
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Clements, version 2022:
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Clements, version 2023:
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Clements 4th edition:
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Clements 5th edition (as published):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
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Clements, version 2019:
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eBird version 1.50:
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eBird version 2021:
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eBird version 2022:
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eBird version 2023:
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Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
Banded Wren ( Malurus splendens) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
Banded Wren ( Malurus splendens) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
Splendid Fairy-wren ( Malurus splendens) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
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Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 13.2:
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Morony, Bock and Farrand:
Splendid Fairy-wren ( Malurus splendens) [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds:
Malurus splendens [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds (original):
Malurus splendens [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds (2nd edition):
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Sibley and Monroe (1993):
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Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
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Sibley and Monroe, Birds of the World Version 2.0:
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Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.01:
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Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.02:
Splendid Fairywren ( Malurus splendens) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Malurus splendens [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Malurus splendens [version 1]

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Catalan: malur esplèndid
Czech: Modropláštník modrofialový
Danish: Pragtalfesmutte
German: Türkisstaffelschwanz
English: Banded Fairywren, Banded Wren, Black-backed Wren, Splendid Blue Wren, Splendid Fairywren, Splendid Fairy-wren, Splendid Wren, Splendid, Turquoise or Black-backed Fairywren, Turquoise Wren
English, HBW: Splendid Fairy-wren
English (IOC): Splendid Fairywren
English (United States): Splendid Fairywren
Esperanto: Splenda maluro
Spanish: Maluro Espléndido, Ratona Australiana Franjeada
Spanish (Spain): Maluro espléndido
Spanish (HBW): Splendid Fairywren
Estonian: türkiis-tikksaba
Finnish: Australiansinimaluri
French: Malure splendide, Mérion splendide, Mérion splendide, M. turquoise ou M. à croupion noir
Croatian: modri vilinski palčić
Hungarian: tengerkék tündérmadár
Italian: Scricciolo azzuro splendente, Scricciolo fatato splendido
Japanese (romaji): murasakioasutorariamushikui, murasakio-sutorariamushikui
Japanese: ムラサキオアストラリアムシクイ, ムラサキオーストラリアムシクイ
Scientific: Malurus [splendens, callainus or melanotus], Malurus splendens, Malurus splendens splendens, Saxicola splendens
Lithuanian: Blizgusis maluras
Dutch: Prachtelfje
Norwegian Nynorsk: Indigoalvesmett
Norwegian: Indigoalvesmett
Polish: chwostka wspaniala, chwostka wspaniała
Portuguese: Carriça-australiana-azul
Portuguese (Portugal): fadinha-esplêndida
Russian: Блестящий расписной малюр, Роскошный малюр
Slovak: oriešok pruhoboký, Zamatovec tyrkysový
Serbian: Sjajni vilinski carić
Swedish: Praktblåsmyg
Turkish: Gökçe peribülbülü
Ukrainian: Малюр лазуровий
Chinese: 辉蓝细尾鹩莺
Chinese (Traditional): 輝藍細尾鷯鶯

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