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
2019-10-11 09:30Kalpowar State Forest--Lawson Road (2WD) at -24.68, 151.3352
2019-10-18 07:39Highfields Falls4
2019-10-13 07:09Redwood Park (Redwood)4
2019-10-21 09:00Inskip Point4
2019-10-18 06:00Inskip Point Recreation Area1
2019-10-20 14:22Great Sandy National Park--Cooloola Way Thomas & Thomas site1
2019-10-20 10:09Lake Baroon--south shore trail1
2019-10-14 09:38Hillview Ct Reserve, Dayboro4
2019-10-14 06:37Old Creamtruck Rd, Dayboro11
2019-10-18 10:43Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park3
2019-10-20 07:30Brisbane Valley Rail Trail--Desbrow St to Walter Zimmerman Park4
2019-10-14 07:04Rush Creek Rd, Dayboro (permit and farmer's permission required)7
2019-10-21 16:33Lake Samsonvale--Postmans Track3
2019-10-19 06:45Lake Samsonvale--Golds Scrub Lane (some areas restricted access)6
2019-10-13 16:12Kholo Enviroplan Reserve (Cameron's Scrub) (restricted access)2
2019-10-20 07:10Dip Road Recreational Trail5
2019-10-15 06:30Four Mile Creek Reserve (Cashmere)1
2019-10-17 07:03Brisbane Forest Park--Bellbird Grove1
2019-10-09 06:30Kumbartcho Sanctuary4
2019-10-21 06:01Ross Road Parkland (Upper Kedron)5
2019-10-16 06:25Nature Refuge Hawkesbury Road5
2019-10-20 15:00Bribie Island National Park--Whitepatch2
2019-10-19 06:30Capertee Valley2
2019-10-15 08:00Bribie Island
2019-10-17 15:07Pinnaroo Cemetery Swamp2
2019-10-13 08:41Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve3
2019-10-07 17:03Kingfisher Park (Kenmore) (NOT JULATTEN)2
2019-10-18 14:34Mt Coot-tha Reserve--JC Slaughter Falls1
2019-10-20 16:26Banks Street Reserve2
2019-10-20 06:00Oxley Creek Common4
2019-10-17 08:04Nudgee Waterhole Reserve3
2019-10-19 06:00Seven Hills Bushland Reserve11
2019-10-17 07:50Whites Hill Reserve6
2019-10-16 07:36Mt Gravatt Summit Trail2
2019-10-15 09:00Whatmore St Park (Carina Heights)3
2019-10-19 06:28Parkinson Bushland2
2019-10-20 07:17Minnippi Parklands2
2019-10-21 16:30Sandy Camp Road Wetlands2
2019-10-19 06:35Wally Tate Park (Kuraby)
2019-10-20 07:20Karawatha Forest8
2019-10-13 06:00Brisbane Koala Bushlands--Prout Rd section2
2019-10-14 12:51Tingalpa Creek Reserve including JC Trotter Memorial Park4
2019-10-18 10:16Wren Place, Capalaba (restricted access)2
2019-10-09 09:00Saw Mill Drive Bushland2
2019-10-11 13:34Eagleby--Eagleby Rd, south lake4
2019-10-16 13:15Mt Cotton Village Community Park1
2019-10-18 09:55Blue Mountains National Park--Pulpit Rock6
2019-10-13 05:50Eagleby Wetlands1
2019-10-19 05:09Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel)7
2019-10-09 07:46Blue Mountains National Park--North Lawson Swamp4
2019-10-13 13:05Transit of Venus track, Woodford3
2019-10-20 07:05Douglas Farm Rd, Kurrajong Hills3
2019-10-10 08:47Rosenthal Lane, Sun Valley1
2019-10-20 11:40Cattai National Park--Mitchell Park4
2019-10-14 10:50Pottsville Wetland--Trig Point Bird Survey Site1
2019-10-11 11:13Werakata National Park at -32.88444, 151.316941
2019-10-19 11:50Lake Parramatta Reserve, Parramatta1
2019-10-15 09:30Berowra Valley National Park--Crosslands Reserve3
2019-10-09 11:58Somersby1
2019-10-18 06:20Ourimbah State Forest
2019-10-18 10:00Lane Cove National Park--Browns Waterhole2
2019-10-17 06:59Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Bobbin Head Rd4
2019-10-20 09:45Blackbutt Creek Reserve, Gordon5
2019-10-16 09:45Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden4
2019-10-19 18:09Bomaderry Creek Regional Park3
2019-10-19 07:30Rotary Athletics Field, Lane Cove3
2019-10-14 07:16Bendthualaly, Bellawongarah (private property)2
2019-10-19 11:36Lime Kiln Bay Reserve and Wetlands2
2019-10-19 11:40Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Salvation Loop Trail4
2019-10-10 16:15Barren Grounds Nature Reserve4
2019-10-19 08:21Tallawarra Ash Pond 3, Yallah (Restricted Access)4
2019-10-21 08:00Maddens Plains4
2019-10-19 10:13Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park--Chiltern Trail4
2019-10-20 13:30Chiltern Rd, Ingleside8
2019-10-13 08:56Royal National Park--Wattle Forest2
2019-10-13 13:35Hunter Wetlands Centre (Newcastle)3
2019-10-13 11:05Royal National Park--Lady Carrington Drive1
2019-10-12 10:20Harold Reid Reserve, Middle Cove, Sydney1
2019-10-14 08:12Puckeys Estate (Fairy Meadow)2
2019-10-21 11:20Royal National Park7
2019-10-14 07:00Warriewood Wetlands1
2019-10-15 13:30Wreck Bay Walking Track, Northbridge2
2019-10-20 08:06Korrungulla Wetlands, Primbee4
2019-10-09 13:02Jerrara Dam2
2019-10-12 11:11Centennial Park (Sydney)1
2019-10-20 06:10Shoalhaven Heads Inlet1
2019-10-11 09:00Comerong Island Nature Reserve7
2019-10-19 13:53Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens4
2019-10-19 12:44Lake Wollumboola1
2019-10-10 07:23Wallaga Lake entrance5
2019-10-10 08:13Boyters Lane, Jerseyville2
2019-10-11 09:28Cattai Wetlands4
2019-10-13 10:51Saltwater National Park1
2019-10-16 08:24Mud Bishops Point Reserve2
2019-10-20 07:58Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park1