Broad-billed fairywren

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Broad-billed fairywren
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Maluridae
Genus: Chenorhamphus
Species: C. grayi
Binomial name
Chenorhamphus grayi
(Wallace, 1862)

Malurus grayi

The broad-billed fairywren (Chenorhamphus grayi) is a species of bird in the Maluridae family. It is found in north and northwestern New Guinea.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Taxonomic note[edit]

Chenorhamphus grayi and C. campbelli (Campbell's fairywren) (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) were lumped into C. grayi following Beehler et al. (1986), Coates (1990) and Vuilleumier et al. (1992). A 2011 analysis by Amy Driskell and colleagues of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA showed high divergence between the two subspecies and recommended they be resplit into separate species. It also found them to lie in a clade with the two other monospecific New Guinea genera and not with the other species of Malurus. Hence they recommend reclassifying them within the genus Chenorhamphus.[1]


  1. ^ Driskell, Amy C.; Norman, Janette A.; Pruett-Jones, Stephen; Mangall, Elizabeth; Sonsthagen, Sarah; Christidis, Les (2011). "A multigene phylogeny examining evolutionary and ecological relationships in the Australo-papuan wrens of the subfamily Malurinae (Aves)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 60: 480–85. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.03.030. PMID 21466855.