Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens (Malurus coronatus) are very unique birds and few species look similar, especially during breeding season. The Superb Fairy- wren (Malurus cyaneus) female, however, is similar in appearance to the Purple-crowned Fairy-wren female. Both species have a brown color on top of the body with a white color underneath. The Superb Fairy-wren also has a red-brown patch around the eyes and has a tail that points vertically in the air. These species are also the same size at 14 cm and have roughly the same mass between 10 and 11 g. Female birds may look similar but when a closer look is taken there are distinctive features that each species has. The Superb Fairy-wren’s vertical tail is brown, unlike the Purple- crowned Fairy-wren which has a blue tail. Female Purple-crowned Fairy-wren’s also have a dark bill, whereas Superb Fairy-wren’s have an red-brown colored bill. The red-brown patch around the eyes is also slightly different. Purple-crowned Fairy-wren have a “mask” that is slightly behind the eye and the Superb Fairy-wren have a red-brown patch that encircles the eye.
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