The Purple-crowned Fairy-wren is a small bird with brown feathers on the upper half of the body and white feathers covering the lower half of the body. The eyes and beaks are black. The legs and feet are brown. Female Malurus coronatus have a brown spot on their cheeks. The male has a black and grey head with a grey crown. During the breeding season, the crown turns purple with black feathers surrounding the crown, and their tail is blue. The birds can grow up to 14cm long and have a wing span of 16cm. They can weigh between 9g to 13g (Australian Wildlife Conservancy 2012).
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