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Purple-crowned fairy

Purple-crowned fairy-wren favours rain for breeding, study confirms

An international study led by Monash scientists has found that rainfall can influence the breeding cycle of the iconic Purple-crowned fairy-wren.

Biology 13 August, 2019
Resident breeder male purple-crowned fairy-wren investigating a 3D-printed model representing a male intruder in nuptial plumage in his territory. Photo credit: Laurent Lermusiaux.

The power of purple – male birds use gaudy colours to warn and defeat rivals

Male purple-crowned fairy-wrens use their purple crowns to show off about their social status and strength, according to a new study by Monash biologists published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

Biology 26 June, 2018