The variegated fairywren (Malurus lamberti) is a fairywren that lives in diverse habitats across most of Australia. Four subspecies are recognised. In a species that exhibits sexual dimorphism, the brightly coloured breeding male has chestnut shoulders and azure crown and ear coverts, while non-breeding males, females and juveniles have predominantly grey-brown plumage, although females of the subspecies rogersi and dulcis (previously termed lavender-flanked fairywren) have mainly blue-grey plumage.

Like other fairywrens, the variegated fairywren is a cooperative breeding species, with small groups of birds maintaining and defending small territories year-round. Groups consist of a socially monogamous pair with several helper birds who assist in raising the young. Male wrens pluck yellow petals and display them to females as part of a courtship display. These birds are primarily insectivorous and forage and live in the shelter of scrubby vegetation across 90% of continental Australia, which is a wider range than that of any other fairywren.
Variegated Fairywren
Date Location Count
2020-05-06 06:15Cordalba State Forest7
2020-05-21 07:19Woowoonga National Park1
2020-05-14 09:30Yarraman State Forest1
2020-05-09 07:30Loveday Cove (Lake Cooby)2
2020-05-10 06:45Capertee Valley--'Binalong' (restricted access)3
2020-05-17 15:09Highfields Falls5
2020-05-15 07:02Jubilee Park, Toowoomba4
2020-05-28 07:19Glen Lomond Park--Hell Hole Track3
2020-05-12 06:56Prince Henry Heights Park, Toowoomba2
2020-05-03 09:00Blackheath3
2020-05-16 08:17Jimna--Yabba Rd dam4
2020-05-07 16:00Eli Creek near mouth (Point Vernon)2
2020-05-22 07:00Wentworth Falls Lake4
2020-05-09 07:16Pir'ri Reserve (Booral)1
2020-05-10 08:00Hazelbrook8
2020-05-09 08:10Imbil State Forest at -26.5192, 152.63533
2020-05-09 05:55Imbil State Forest1
2020-05-27 08:10Blue Mountains National Park--Linden Ridge5
2020-05-15 15:00Kenilworth Sewage Treatment Plant6
2020-05-27 15:08Blue Mountains National Park--Blue Gum Swamp and track4
2020-05-23 07:50Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills6
2020-05-08 07:36Rosenthal Lane, Sun Valley2
2020-05-17 07:30Morton National Park--Gambells Rest
2020-05-01 10:30Glenbrook Lagoon2
2020-05-22 07:46Yellow Rock Mushroom Farm9
2020-05-24 07:40West Cooroy State Forest--Ridge Track4
2020-05-17 06:45Woolshed Creek Rd, Woolshed2
2020-05-09 08:29West Cooroy State Forest2
2020-05-07 06:16Inskip Point7
2020-05-09 07:15D'Aguilar National Park--Mt Mee section4
2020-05-04 10:54D'Aguilar National Park Mount Mee Section--Somerset Track2
2020-05-09 07:06Mt Mee State Forest--Gantry Day Use Area8
2020-05-17 06:30Main Range National Park--Spicers Gap Rd at Heritage Rd2
2020-05-26 10:00Main Range National Park--Spicers Gap Rd at -28.07361, 152.424994
2020-05-27 16:15Great Sandy National Park--Teewah Pump Station Rd at -26.04694, 153.038062
2020-05-03 14:24Great Sandy National Park--Pump Station9
2020-05-20 15:45Great Sandy National Park--Searys Creek at -25.97333, 153.073331
2020-05-03 08:13Lake Baroon--south shore trail2
2020-05-28 09:10Bargo River Gorge Track4
2020-05-24 12:27Cahills Scrub Bushland Reserve (Peachester)6
2020-05-25 07:18Hillview Ct Reserve, Dayboro5
2020-05-22 11:50D'Aguilar National Park--Dundas Bush Camp (enter from Dundas Rd) (Mt Nebo)3
2020-05-24 14:13Scheyville National Park--Longneck Lagoon5
2020-04-29 05:30Kobble Creek--private Property, near Dayboro (restricted access)2
2020-05-13 07:54Old Creamtruck Rd, Dayboro5
2020-05-17 13:46Lake Manchester3
2020-05-04 09:00Dularcha National Park30
2020-05-22 08:15Apex Park (Dayboro)2
2020-05-08 08:06Kholo Rd at Lake Manchester Rd, Kholo2
2020-05-15 09:31Flinders Property (Restricted Access)3
2020-05-24 12:15Cattai National Park--Mitchell Park4
2020-05-21 13:45Mount Annan Botanic Gardens3
2020-05-24 10:18Yandina Creek Wetlands (restricted access)4
2020-05-09 09:10Ewen Maddock Dam--Kowald Road15
2020-05-16 08:52Yandina Creek Wetland--public trail4
2020-05-15 12:23Lake Samsonvale--Postmans Track3
2020-05-26 06:04Noosa National Park--Headland Section4
2020-05-25 07:17Rush Creek Rd, Dayboro (permit and farmer's permission required)2
2020-05-26 06:51Lake Samsonvale--Golds Scrub Lane (some areas restricted access)3
2020-05-17 09:34Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park1
2020-05-09 09:30Second Ponds Creek Wetland6
2020-05-16 12:06Laughtondale Gully3
2020-05-14 10:30Noorumba Reserve, Rosemeadow5
2020-05-14 16:40Finland Rd at -26.613,153.067, Pacific Paradise2
2020-05-22 10:07Wallaga Lake entrance1
2020-05-24 08:08Flinders Conservation Estate--Hardings Paddock2
2020-05-15 08:40Maroochy River Conservation Park3
2020-05-14 07:07Coonan Road trail, Samford Valley6
2020-05-11 14:43Mystery Bay village and beach2
2020-05-01 07:24Mooloolah River National Park1
2020-05-26 15:20Gold Creek Reservoir1
2020-05-26 12:45Anstead Bushland Reserve9
2020-05-09 08:43Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill2
2020-05-10 07:54Brisbane Forest Park--Bellbird Grove5
2020-05-15 08:30Four Mile Creek Reserve (Cashmere)6
2020-05-13 10:45O'Brien Rd, Pullenvale at -27.53372, 152.87806 (restricted access)2
2020-05-04 08:30South Pacific Heathland Reserve, Ulladulla2
2020-05-09 07:04Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate--Sandy Creek Track3
2020-05-09 07:00Ulladulla Headland5
2020-05-05 07:00Link Track at west end of Enoggera Reservoir7
2020-05-10 12:00Pullenvale Forest Park2
2020-05-06 06:50Kumbartcho Sanctuary1
2020-05-28 08:31D'Aguilar National Park--Araucaria Circuit (Enoggera Reservoir)6
2020-05-25 14:58Bunya Crossing Reserve1
2020-05-27 08:00D'Aguilar National Park--Enoggera Reservoir4
2020-05-27 08:35Link Track at east end of Enoggera Reservoir3
2020-05-09 07:30Tweddell Drive, Pelican Waters2
2020-05-12 06:49Bunyaville Forest Reserve--GT Track5
2020-05-22 08:03Keperra Bushland Reserve2
2020-05-23 11:41Currimundi Lake Conservation Park4
2020-05-24 07:00Lake Parramatta Reserve, Parramatta1
2020-05-24 07:00Wolston Creek Bushland Reserve (Riverhills)8
2020-05-14 07:16Bunyaville Forest Reserve3
2020-05-21 06:41Bunyaville Conservation Park--Dam Rd2
2020-05-02 08:53Cumberland State Forest3
2020-05-26 09:56John Oxley Reserve (Murrumba Downs)1
2020-05-06 10:30Benowie Walking Track, Westleigh6
2020-05-01 15:38Pinnaroo Cemetery Swamp2
2020-05-12 12:15Westleigh3
2020-05-12 09:22Dog Pound Creek trail3
2020-05-23 15:55Westleigh Park, Westleigh2
2020-05-17 06:14Chermside Hills Reserve4
2020-05-24 08:00Henry Rd, Griffin at -27.27263, 153.029064
2020-05-24 09:34Berowra Valley National Park--Crosslands Reserve2
2020-05-08 08:46Hooka Point Park (Berkeley)2
2020-05-10 11:59Georges River National Park--Yeramba Lagoon3
2020-05-24 06:30Banks Street Reserve1
2020-05-07 15:45Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve2
2020-05-28 07:36Fitzgibbon Bushland5
2020-05-09 13:30Georges River National Park--Picnic Point2
2020-05-20 09:40Horace Window Reserve (Corinda)2
2020-05-19 07:24Spring Mt Reserve3
2020-05-18 09:23Wiseman Park Woodland2
2020-05-08 15:45Seven Mile Beach National Park4
2020-05-20 09:27Wrights Creek3
2020-05-05 15:58Maddens Plains2
2020-05-22 11:03Shoalhaven Heads Inlet2
2020-05-27 08:18Werakata National Park--Kearsley South Firetrail6
2020-05-23 06:31Oxley Creek Common2
2020-05-20 16:21Jerrara Dam2
2020-05-07 12:57Bulli4
2020-05-09 07:28Clontarf Environment Reserve7
2020-05-24 06:19Archerfield Wetlands (Oxley)4
2020-05-16 13:23Dowse Lagoon (Sandgate)8
2020-05-11 10:25Cedar Street Reserve3
2020-04-29 07:30Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Gibberagong Track3
2020-05-27 08:12Callala Creek Bushland Reserve4
2020-05-25 07:05Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Marrua Track
2020-05-16 08:20Kully Bay Park, Warrawong1
2020-05-22 06:07Kalinga Park (Wooloowin)2
2020-05-27 07:30Boondall Wetlands Reserve1
2020-05-13 08:33Crookhaven Heads and Lighthouse1
2020-05-21 07:23Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands2
2020-05-11 07:05Greenwood Lakes, Forestdale6
2020-05-19 07:42Field of Mars Reserve, East Ryde16
2020-05-05 06:40Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve2
2020-05-08 07:28Royal National Park--Uloola Track5
2020-04-29 16:59Weller Road Park (Tarragindi)6
2020-05-11 11:36Royal National Park--Willow Tree Flat2
2020-05-06 06:16Toohey Ridge Track3
2020-05-16 14:05Royal National Park--Lady Carrington Drive2
2020-05-25 15:33Boondall Wetlands Bikeway (near Nudgee Rd)4
2020-05-14 15:46Toohey Forest Conservation Park16
2020-05-22 11:30Sewage works Bribie Island3
2020-05-23 07:15Seven Hills Bushland Reserve3
2020-05-04 07:30Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Perimeter Trail,6
2020-05-15 06:25Royal National Park8
2020-05-17 06:57Whites Hill Reserve3
2020-05-27 06:43Cannon Hill Bushland Reserve3
2020-05-16 09:53Glen Logan Lakes, Jimboomba4
2020-05-05 08:40Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park5
2020-05-12 07:27Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Waratah Track3
2020-05-22 08:45Minnippi Parklands2
2020-05-17 15:00Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Salvation Loop Trail5
2020-05-08 07:05Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Duckholes Trail6
2020-05-15 06:54Kianawah Road Wetland (Hemmant)4
2020-05-19 09:15Garigal National Park (East)4
2020-05-26 06:50Sandy Camp Road Wetlands3
2020-05-08 08:54Berrinba Wetlands10
2020-05-20 10:30Harold Reid Reserve, Middle Cove, Sydney6
2020-05-11 15:30H.C Press Park, Castle Cove2
2020-05-09 11:30Boys Walk (Avondale College, Cooranbong)2
2020-05-12 11:52Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen7
2020-05-03 06:40Brisbane Koala Bushlands--Prout Rd section3
2020-05-25 12:15Mookin-Bah Reserve migration site6
2020-05-09 05:55Warriewood Wetlands1
2020-05-19 12:57Gould Adams Park (Kingston)3
2020-05-09 07:40Royal National Park--The Balconies3
2020-05-02 13:25Jamieson Park, Narrabeen Lakes3
2020-05-17 10:00Mookin-Bah Reserve (Ransome)5
2020-05-17 16:00Lisarow--Cutrock Drive2
2020-05-07 12:10Kincumber-Davistown Bike Track6
2020-05-27 09:22Tingalpa Creek Reserve including JC Trotter Memorial Park3
2020-05-17 14:48Bouddi National Park--Putty Beach8
2020-05-03 11:49Kamay Botany Bay National Park--Visitor Centre4
2020-05-21 08:30Long Reef Aquatic Reserve2
2020-05-17 10:00Wren Place, Capalaba (restricted access)3
2020-05-24 07:45Sydney Harbour National Park--North Head5
2020-05-08 11:00Bouddi National Park5
2020-05-18 10:20Wellington Point--Geoff Skinner Reserve3
2020-05-02 08:00Venman Bushland National Park
2020-05-08 08:49Doug Tiller Reserve8
2020-05-27 08:58Plunkett Conservation Park2
2020-05-23 10:18Tarro Swamp1
2020-05-22 14:25Sandy Creek Conservation Area5
2020-05-18 13:16Mt Cotton Village Community Park4
2020-05-23 07:31Eagleby Wetlands2
2020-05-27 12:28Tindappah Drive Foreshore (Thornlands)3
2020-05-12 10:20Ash Island6
2020-05-04 10:4521 Park Rd Garden Suburb (restricted access)2
2020-05-04 06:45Pimpama Conservation Area3
2020-05-16 09:04Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel)4
2020-05-09 05:39Coombabah--trails E of Shelter Rd4
2020-05-24 09:24Coombabah Lake Nature Reserve--Rain Tree Glen34
2020-05-10 07:30Hinterland Regional Park2
2020-05-10 15:18Emerald Lakes, Carrara--eastern side14
2020-05-13 09:18Corymbia State Conservation Area5
2020-05-16 06:08Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Park--Boardwalk7
2020-05-17 10:37Taylors Beach (Port Stephens)4
2020-05-20 07:20Salamander Sports Complex, Salamander Bay3
2020-05-09 10:41Mambo Wetlands, Salamander Bay6
2020-05-15 10:54Corlette6
2020-05-16 11:15Nelson Bay7
2020-05-08 10:50Shoal Bay swamp6
2020-05-11 09:48Barry Park, Fingal Bay11
2020-05-09 08:02Vallances Rd, Mullumbimby3
2020-05-17 06:45Old New Brighton Rd6
2020-05-20 08:19Marshalls Creek Nature Reserve6
2020-05-12 09:13Huntingdon1
2020-05-27 16:10Broadwater National Park--Crash Fire Trail2
2020-05-03 13:50Bongil Bongil National Park3
2020-05-01 09:21Boambee Creek Reserve6
2020-05-09 11:09Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens4
2020-05-26 16:07Old Sewage Ponds (Byron Bay)9
2020-05-09 13:32Freemans Road, Rawdon Island2
2020-05-10 07:27Booti Booti National Park--Booti Hill Track2
2020-05-03 09:08Partridge Creek (Port Macquarie)2
2020-05-18 08:17Macleay River Entrance4
2020-05-12 11:00Roy Sanders Street and sand track12
2020-05-23 11:40Boyters Lane, Jerseyville4
2020-05-19 11:01Dunbogan, Camden Haven River5
2020-05-17 12:04Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie Campus2
2020-05-13 08:00Hat Head National Park--Firetrail & bore field,5
2020-05-18 09:02Lake Innes Nature Reserve--Googik Heritage Walking Track2
2020-05-07 09:32Lake Cathie Village Track2
2020-04-29 15:29Arakoon National Park5
2020-05-19 13:38Kattang Nature Reserve8
2020-05-09 07:18Lake Innes Nature Reserve--Corduroy Fire Trail7
2020-05-16 08:30Port Macquarie, North Shore1
2020-05-18 08:19Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park2
2020-05-10 07:02Track behind Links Estate, Port Macquarie2