1. Superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) steer clear of danger by listening in on the warning cries of other birds.

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    2. Superb fairy-wren dads that sing to their eggs get more attentive chicks. 

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    3. Superb fairy-wrens are adjusting their egg-size for the climate. They can strategically alter the size of their laid eggs to help chicks survive in harsher conditions.

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    4. Fairy-wrens ike to flirt with danger when courting each other. To attract the female’s attention, males sing their sexual display songs when predators are nearby. 

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    5. Female fairy-wrens sing as often as males, and it’s not just for sex. Often the female fairy-wren will communicate with other females about breeding territory, rather than to attract mates.

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    6. Male superb fairy-wrens change colour every year, from dull brown to bright blue. But being blue may be risky if you are a tiny bird that is easily spotted by predators.

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Six things you didn’t know about superb fairy-wrens

By AG STAFF | August 21, 2017

The small, superb fairy-wren is endemic to eastern Australia, ranging in habitat from south Queensland to South Australia’s Adelaide region, as well as throughout Tasmania. Males are easily distinguished from females by their distinctive colourings: mostly blue, with a black band across their back and head. This blue turns iridescent when the male is looking for a mate.